Resources for Preventing VAWG in Schools
Campaigns to Prevent VAWG
Interactive drama from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre's (CEOP) Thinkuknow initiative to empower young people to stay safe online. The story focuses on how the internet can spiral out of control, and how to get help.
'CUT' - Some Wounds Never Heal is a film for schools aimed at raising awareness of the growing problem of female genital mutilation (FGM) or 'cutting' as it's sometimes known in the UK.
'Know the difference' is aimed at young men who socialise in Lambeth, an area with one of the highest rates of rape and sexual assault in London. The campaign is focussed on behaviour and attitude change amongst men.
'Not Ever' is a public awareness TV campaign which was broadcast across Scotland during the summer of 2010. It was aimed at challenging prejudicial attitudes towards women in the context of rape
This Forced Marriage Unit campaign features three films aimed at raising awareness and understanding of forced marriage.
SILENT SCREAM is a drama-documentary made by 27 young women who attend schools in the Bristol area. Its primary aim is to persuade the communities that the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must stop. Over 20,000 girls could be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.
Lambeth Council and Lambeth Met Police's campaign aims to tackle the causes of prostitution while offering support to the vulnerable women involved.
This is Abuse is a youth prevention campaign run by the Home Office. The aim of the campaign is to prevent teenagers from becoming victims and perpetrators of abusive relationships. It encourages teenagers to re-think their views of violence, abuse or controlling behaviour in relationships and direct them to places for help and advice.
With This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me, Rape Crisis Scotland intends to confront the range of prejudicial attitudes held by the public which blame women for their victimisation in a very direct way.
The "We can stop it" campaign is being led by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS). The campaign uses a series of strong, thought-provoking statements from young men aged 18 - 27 year olds acting as positive role models.
Work in Schools to Prevent VAWG
The End Violence Against Women Coalition's report which highlights and explores examples of promising practice to prevent VAWG and share important insights from practitioners on the ground.
Certain Curtain Theatre Company write, produce and tour the UK with original plays exploring domestic violence. All performances are accompanied by an after-show discussion with the writers and actors. They have several plays which they use to provide training to professionals and awareness raising with community groups and public audiences.
Dunraven School in South London works with drama group Tender to raise issues about domestic and sexual violence through interactive workshops with the students as well as in teacher training. This has had a noticeable impact on students' behavior and creates a healthier learning environment.
Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland's "Helping Hands" Programme, delivered within primary schools, assists young girls and boys to understand the key protective messages that they have a right to feel safe; that others have a right to feel safe around them and that there is nothing too big or too small that they can't talk about it.
The GET SAVI (Students Against Violence Initiative) programme gives bystanders the skills and confidence to stand up and speak out against all forms of gender based violence and abuse. It is targeted at those in further and higher education and designed so that students can pick up the resources and use it in their own college or university.
nia offer prevention work for young people aged 10-21 years in schools, pupil referral units, youth groups and other settings. This work challenges sexual bullying, sexual violence and sexual exploitation, enabling young people to develop safe, healthy and consensual relationships. These sessions also support young people to challenge gender stereotypes and understand boundaries. School based sessions work within the PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education curricula. In addition, nia offer training to professionals on sexual bullying, enabling them to address these issues effectively with young people and to deal with disclosures. nia also offer awareness-raising work for parents and carers, providing information on how to talk to children about keeping safe, and how to seek help if your child has been affected in any way by these issues. nia guide for parents on sexual bullying.
Southampton Rape Crisis workers have run special workshops with boys and girls in local schools, and in youth offender teams and housing projects. They go into schools and help to deliver PSHE lessons, raising awareness of sexual violence, the law, and support services. The lessons focus on building 'relationship skills' – discussing what consent is and when and how it is given, how to say no, how to recognise that someone is saying no. The schools report a 'cascade effect' on behaviour and attainment.
Tender is a charity that works to promote healthy relationships based on equality and respect. Using theatre and the arts, Tender engage young people in violence prevention, enabling them to recognise and avoid abuse and violence.
Links – education policies, resources, campaigns
Bristol City Council Reporting and Dealing with Sexist Incidents and Sexual Harasssment in Bristol Schools
Bristol Fawcett list of teaching resources
British Humanist Association for resources on education, religion and equality
Department for Education for guidance on policies
Equality and Human Rights Commission Public Sector Equality Duty Guidance for Schools in England
Students and VAWG article by Alison Phipps