Prevention

Aim of the project

The Prevention Strand provides an innovative, holistic response to gender based violence amongst young people, covering a range of VAWG themes through specialist arts and drama workshops. Through our interventions, young people are able to understand the early warning signs of unhealthy behaviours in relationships, challenge abusive behaviour safely and gain awareness of support avenues available for themselves and others. This project builds on robust foundations established by the consortium’s work funded by London Councils since 2013.

More information about the project

Over a period of two years, each London borough will receive a 2-day “Healthy Relationships” project in one secondary school, one primary school and one targeted setting (eg. PRU, youth centre, SEN, YOT). Over the two days the young people will:

  • Identify key elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Recognise early warning signs of unhealthy relationships
  • Explore the importance of equality and respect
  • Understand personal boundaries and consent
  • Increase self-confidence and empathy for others
  • Increase their awareness of Harmful Practices, including FGM, Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Violence
  • Develop awareness of where to seek or signpost support

In addition, one secondary school in each borough will become a ‘Champion School’ and receive a longer-term Whole School Approach to preventing VAWG over 3 school terms. This work will include whole school assemblies, whole staff assemblies, staff training, policy change, a Healthy Relationships project and targeted group work. We will work with schools to identify targeted groups of young people at high-risk of experiencing abuse due to multiple disadvantage. The consortium will provide early intervention group work with these groups to decrease their vulnerability. This enables us to reach more vulnerable young people and carry out more activities, ultimately leading to whole school change.

Partners:

Tender Education and Arts (lead partner)

IMECE

Women and Girls’ Network (WGN)

The Nia Project

Solace Women’s Aid

Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)

FORWARD

Ashiana Network

Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO)

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