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Domestic Abuse Awareness and Prevention & RSE Training

Target Schools:    All Westminster Schools

For Attention of:  All staff, especially Headteachers, PSHE Coordinators, Healthy School Leads, SENCos, Safeguarding Leads, School Nurses

Author:   Viktorija Zdanoviciute, Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme for Westminster Schools Lead

Contact Details:   Viktorija Zdanoviciute – Email: Viktorija.Zdanoviciute@healtheducationpartnership.com / Tel: 07889583667


  • Twilight or INSET sessions available from September 2019
  • Primary & Secondary schools’ half-day session – 1stof October 2019

Location:  Individual school premises for INSET sessions, half-day training venue – TBC

Provider:  Health Education Partnership

Booking:  All training is available free to all Westminster school staff.

Health Education Partnership (HEP) are coordinating the Westminster Schools’ Domestic Abuse (DA) Prevention Programme for the academic year 2019-2020.

Schools engaging with the programme will receive guidance and support from HEP to:

  • Address DA and VAWG (Violence against Women and Girls) preventatively using the whole school approach;
  • Strengthen school safeguarding policy and procedures and embed best practice;
  • Increase teacher confidence to address DA sensitively and safely;
  • Contribute to the improvement of pupils’ mental health and wellbeing;
  • Increase pupils’ skills and abilities to form healthy relationship and seek support when in need;
  • Increase early identification and prevention of DA cases;
  • Meet the DfE statutory guidance on Relationships and Sex Education, Relationships Education and Health Education, February 2019; and
  • Attain the Healthy Schools Silver and Gold Awards.

Background information
DA and coercive control are safeguarding concerns that often feature in child protection cases. It effects pupils’ mental health and wellbeing and needs to be looked at holistically, enabling pupils to feel safe and supported, and to continue to flourish in their academic environment.

The programme, therefore, has preventative aims. It seeks to increase DA awareness and provide staff with the support and training to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of DA
  • Understand the impact on children living with DA
  • Have an awareness of the referral pathways available for those in need of support (pupils, parents and colleagues)

HEP will work with schools to ensure the programme supports the framework outlined in the DfE statutory guidance on Relationships and Sex Education, Relationships Education and Health Education, February 2019.

  • Primary schools.The guidance encourages teaching pupils how to “recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice from others if needed”.
  • Secondary schools.The guidance encourages teaching pupils “that some types of behaviour within relationships are criminal, including violent behaviour and coercive control” and “how to recognise the characteristics and positive aspects of healthy one-to-one intimate relationships, which include mutual respect, consent, loyalty, trust, shared interests and outlook, sex and friendship”.

Support for schools
Three levels of support are available to all Westminster primary and secondary schools interested in engaging with the programme, as follows.

  1. From September 2019, a whole school twilight or INSET session on Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness and Prevention &Relationships and Sex Education will be available to Westminster primary and secondary schools (90 minutes). Details of how to book a session are above.
  2. A half-day centre-based training is offered to PSHE, RSE, Safeguarding and Healthy Schools leads, and School nurses. In the light of the new RSE guidance the session will enhance the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver an RSE curriculum that includes key learning about Domestic Abuse and Healthy Relationships. Though a degree of DA Awareness and Prevention will be included in this session, it is advisable to have taken part in the above twilight or INSET training prior to attending.
  3. The programme promotes a whole school approach and offers on-going support to schools to ensure the outcomes of training are long lasting and sustained. For example, schools may wish to:
    • Focus on RSE in their plan for attaining Healthy Schools Silver and Gold Awards;
    • Review their Safeguarding, PSHE, RSE, Mental Health and Wellbeing policies and procedures to ensure they are in line with current guidance on healthy relationship and abuse.
    • Ensure pupils’ voice is at the centre of all actions taken to address DA.

Intended outcomes of the programme

  • An improved response to VAWG through the integration of the whole school approach to prevention of DA;
  • An increased level of confidence in staff’s ability to talk about healthy relationship and abuse, including the delivery of curriculum;
  • An increased level of confidence in staff’s ability to recognise the signs and symptoms of DA, including the impact on children’s health, wellbeing and safety; and support services available to those in need;
  • An increased level of safety of pupils living with DA and those experiencing DA in their own intimate relationship.





Peer2Peer Education

Heena Njie

Starting Point
16 Pickering Road
IG11 8PG

Email Address: heena@p2peducation.co.uk
Mobile:  07908013916
Website:   www.p2peducation.co.uk          

Borough:  LBBD

Provision Summary:  
P2P delivers peer-led life-skills workshops to schools, PRUs and other youth-related services. Workshops include Sexting, Online Grooming, Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships, Gun and Knife Crime, Gang Awareness, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and more.

Target Group:   Primary and Secondary Schools (for Pupils, Staff, Parents and Carers)

Cost Implication for Schools:  Yes

C-Card Condom Distribution Programme

Heather McKelvey
C-Card Coordinator

Town Hall
Town Square
IG11 7LU

Email Address:  heather.mckelvey@lbbd.gov.uk
Alternative Email Address:   sally.allen-clarke@lbbd.gov.uk
Mobile:  07968511930
Website: http://www.comecorrect.org.uk/Participating.aspxList=1&tabletype=click&ID=9
Alternative Website: www.lbbd.gov.uk

Borough:  LBBD

Provision Summary:
The coordination of the C-Card condom distribution programme for young people aged 13-25 in Barking and Dagenham. Staff are available to run C-Card drop in sessions to sign up young people to the scheme, which allows 13-25 years olds to access free condoms via around 20 outlets in Barking and Dagenham.

Target Group:   Secondary School (for Pupils)

Cost Implication for Schools:  No

Victim Support YP IDSVA Service LBBD

Sophie Rowan
Young Person’s Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate

Maritime House

Email Address:  bdypdomestic.abusereferrals@victimsupport.org.uk
Alternative Email Address:  sophie.rowan@victimsupport.org.uk
Tel No:  02085913498
Mobile: 07803411803

Borough:  LBBD

Provision Summary:
1:1 and group work
Young peoples support
Relationships and sexual health
Domestic and Sexual Violence and CSE exploitation

Target Group:   Secondary School (for Pupils, Staff, Parents and Carers)

Cost Implication for Schools: No

Safer London

Debbie Peel
Young People’s Advocate

Email Address:  debbiepeel@saferlondon.org.uk
Tel No:       02070210301
Mobile No: 07718478647
Website:    www.saferlondon.org.uk

Borough:  LBBD

Provision Summary:
Safer London works with young women at risk of or experiencing CSE. We deliver one to one support and deliver workshops in schools across the borough on various subjects such as healthy relationships and consent. We also deliver professionals training on CSE.

Target Group:   Secondary (for Pupils, Staff, Parents and Carers)

Cost Implication for Schools: No

Free RSE Resource: Abortion Care

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have launched a free resource for secondary schools on abortion care to support teachers with relationships and sex education (RSE) lessons.

The joint FSRH-RCOG factsheet aims to ensure that professionals involved in educating young people about pregnancy choices have a factually accurate, unbiased and evidence-based source of information about abortion care in the UK, one of the key points included in the DfE draft RSE guidance. It counters myths such as that abortion causes infertility, breast cancer and mental illness.

The FSRH-RCOG abortion leaflet is officially endorsed by PHE, Sex Education Forum and PSHE Association.

Attached is the fact sheet and an article in the Times which highlights the anti-choice misinformation in some RSE lessons which this factsheet aims to tackle.

Here too is a blog from Lucy Emmerson at SEF which spells out the relevant part of the RSE guidance and how the factsheet will help.

Times Article: 01.31.19 Times abortion factsheet article page 04(1)

Factsheet: fsrh-rcog-abortion-care-factsheet-rse-lessons