Schools Safe 4 Girls
EVAW Coalition Schools Guide
As part of our Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign, we've published a Schools Guide to address Violence Against Women and Girls.
The guide includes a Factsheet setting out the different forms of abuse women and girls disproportionately experience; a Gold Standard SRE document explaining what good teaching in this area looks like; and a Whole School Approach template model showing how to get a whole school working towards ending abuse.
Download the guide here.
Having published our Factsheet earlier in the year, we are delighted that Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, gave it her backing:
“As both Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women I am wholly committed to tackling violence against women and girls. Recent events have brought into sharp focus the crucial importance of teaching young people to understand the abuse women and girls can face and where they can get support.
“Ensuring young people receive good quality relationship education which teaches the importance of respect and mutual consent should be at the heart of this and the new factsheet from the Ending Violence Against Women Coalition helps to highlight the importance of this issue to teachers.”
About the Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign
EVAW's Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign was launched in 2012 just as the Savile revelations were breaking. The campaign, funded by Comic Relief, helps parents, students and local women’s groups to work with their schools to promote girls' safety. In the light of police figures showing more then 5,500 sexual offences were recorded in UK schools over the last three years, including 600 rapes, it is needed more than ever.
The campaign has helped create a huge shift across the political spectrum. Before the 2015 General Election, the Greens, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all expressed their committment to statutory Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) as part of Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is now considering the role of schools in tackling girl's safety.
What we are calling for:
- Giving children the information they need about sexual consent and respectful relationships, including through compulsory SRE and ongoing teacher training as part of a 'whole school approach' to violence against women and girls
- Long term investment in public campaigns to change harmful attitudes and behaviours, learning from the THINK! road safety campaign
- Tackle misogynistic images of women in the media that condone and normalise abuse
- A law to ensure that all survivors of abuse have specialist support, whether or not they report
The Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign pack can be requested by emailing email@example.com or downloaded below and includes:
Introduction to the campaign:
- Template letter to schools asking them to take action
- Template letter to MPs
- Template letter to local authorities
- Template letter to local newspaper
Factsheets and more background information:
- Questionnaire for schools
- Findings of a YouGov poll on sexual harassment in UK schools
- Factsheet about VAWG prevention
- Factsheet about the Public Sector Equality Duty
- Factsheet about the Human Rights Act
What you can do
Download and share our EVAW Coalition Schools Guide.
Sign and circulate our joint SRE petition with the Everyday Sexism Project.
Download our Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign pack (above) and write to your local school leaders asking them to take action.
Read more about preventing violence against women and girls.