Abuse in Schools – What Are We Doing About It? – Women’s Aid Manchester

Did you know that research published in the year 2020, shows that women aged 16 to 19 years were more likely to be victims of domestic abuse than women aged 25 years and over? (ONS, 2020).

We know that children and young people are entering into their first relationships with gaps in their knowledge of acceptable behaviour. With nothing to compare their experiences to, young people are missing vital red flags and sadly, harm too often occurs.

To help tackle this problem head on, we are rolling out our Expect Respect Programme for schools, which, funded by the Home Office, is part of the governments wider strategy of preventing violence against women and girls. The aim of our education sessions is to understand andshift social norms to become less accepting of violence and inequality.

Together, we are enhancing a whole-system approach, keeping children safe and advancing our understanding of how early intervention education is best used to prevent harm. We have worked hard to develop interactive sessions for all Key Stages including post 16.

We are proud that Expect Respect is designed to be inclusive of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and children who speak English as a second language. We have created bespoke SEND resources and workshops; additionally we will deliver to all children speaking English as a second language.

If you work in a school, or know someone who does, you can email cyp@womensaid.org.uk to learn more about the programme and it’s roll out.

You can also email us to book an introductory session.

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