Category Archives: WCC DV 2. Resources & News

DfE Guidance on RSE and Health Education

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
Draft statutory guidance for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams, teachers

February 2019

This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply when teaching Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

To read the document click on the following link: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Gender Action Schools Award

Young people’s goals for the future are set as young as seven years old. Gendered expectations have been shown to be one of the main influences on children’s aspirations.

But what role can educators play in challenging gender stereotypes?

A vital role – and Gender Action are here to help.

To tackle gender stereotypes in nurseries and schools, the Mayor is funding the new Gender Action award programme, to be rolled out across the capital in 2019.

The programme is being developed and run by a consortium of experts from the Institute of Physics, King’s College London, UCL Institute of Education and the University Council of Modern Languages. This will provide:

  • Guidance that works, backed by over a decade’s worth of research by leading institutions
  • Support that makes it quick and easy for practitioners to navigate and tackle gender stereotypes
  • Improved outcomes for children with broadened subject take up and careers aspirations
  • National recognition that your school is leading the way for gender equality

Educators can pledge their commitment to gender equality by registering at www.genderaction.co.uk, as well as learning more about the programme and accessing their online resources to challenge gender stereotypes.

BECOMING A SUPPORTER

To become a Supporter of Gender Action, all you have to do is register on the website and complete a letter of commitment. You will be sent this letter once you have registered. This letter needs to be signed by the headteacher or a member of SLT to show whole-school commitment to challenging gender stereotypes.

Free Service to Help Women & Girls affected by Domestic Violence & Abuse in Westminster

Angelou – is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence.

Their mission is to support women and young girls experiencing;

  • domestic violence and abuse
  • harassment or stalking
  • faith based violence
  • child exploitation
  • sexual assault or rape
  • Female Genital Mutiliation

For further information visit their website: www.angelou.org

Developing bystander responses to prevent sexual harassment among young people

In this project, undertaken in Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and Malta  the researchers developed, piloted, implemented, and evaluated a programme for bystanders to prevent sexual harassment in secondary schools.

Sexual harassment (SH) is the most prevalent form of violence against girls and women.  A promising new approach to the prevention of SH is focusing on young people as bystanders, inviting them to notice and intervene in SH situations.

The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) conducted this two year research into sexual harassment among young people.

The project objectives were to:

  • increase knowledge and awareness of sexual harassment in students and staff;
  • develop, pilot and deliver a training programme for students and school staff to
  • enable them to intervene in situations of sexual harassment;
  • increase the motivation of bystanders to stop sexual harassment in high schools;
  • develop a manual and materials adapted to each country;
  • develop school policies and protocols on sexual harassment;
  • compare the implementation and effectiveness of the programme in the four countries.

For further information about :

  • the report click here
  • The final paper comparing implementation of the programme across the four countries can be viewed and downloaded here.
  • The England team’s report on findings from implementation of the programme in three London schools can be downloaded here.
  • The Speak Up/Out lessons plans and materials on tackling sexual harassment and sexism in schools can be downloaded for free here.

 

 

Child First: Safe Child Contact, Saves Lives

Nineteen Child Homicides – What must change so children are put first in child contact arrangements and the family courts.

This report from Women’s Aid, examines child contact, supervised and unsupervised, in domestic abuse cases and evidences the level of risk it poses to children. The report uses homicides for the purpose of this particular research.

Nineteen Child Homicides tells the stories of 19 children who were killed by a parent who was also a perpetrator of domestic abuse, in circumstances relating to child contact (formally or informally arranged). The focus is on children but, in some of these cases, women were also killed. The blame for these killings lies with the perpetrators. However, the report concludes that these cases demonstrate failings that need to be addressed to ensure that the family courts, Child and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), children’s social work and other bodies actively minimise the possibility of further harm to women and children.

To read the report click on the link: Child First – Nineteen Child Homicides Report

The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit

The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit from Woman’s Aid consists of one easy to use ‘Core’ lesson for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse.

Although the Expect Respect Education Toolkit is targeted for use by teachers within schools, it can just as easily be used by a range of other professionals working with children and young people in a variety of settings such as youth clubs or play schemes. You do not need to download the whole toolkit. You can just download the introductory section and the year that is appropriate to the age group you are working with.

Click on the link for further details and to download the toolkit: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/what-we-do/safer-futures/expect-respect-educational-toolkit/