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Our incredible education and prevention team are celebrating a milestone achievement this month – educating over 25,000 children and young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships in just one year!
As a charity, we provide support and guidance to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, as well as delivering behaviour change work with perpetrators.
We also have a dedicated education and prevention team, who work directly with children and young people living in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.
According to national charity Women’s Aid, 1 in 7 children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood. We recognise and address this by working directly with children and young people to make sure they know the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship, as well as recognising young people as victims of domestic abuse in their own right, rather than witnesses.
Our education and prevention team – Sarah, Becky, Gemma and Ruth – visit educational settings, such as schools and community groups, to deliver our six-week Relationships without Fear (RWF) prevention programme.
Sessions educate children and young people, from year 4 to college age, about friendships, relationships, consent, emotions, behaviour and domestic abuse warning signs. RWF is adapted for each age group and regularly tweaked to reflect modern trends, such as on social media. One-to-one follow up support is also available if any disclosures of domestic abuse are made.
From April 2022 to April 2023, the team educated over 25,000 children and young people through our specialist RWF sessions, as well as a series of videos, produced by the team, about topics such as red flags and unhealthy friendships. These were viewed by thousands of pupils across the county as part of their PSHE curriculum.
and Prevention Team Leader Sarah leads our work with children
and young people.
She said: “At Glow we’re on a mission to address, overcome and end domestic abuse. My team in particular addresses domestic abuse at its very core, through education, to identify and prevent it, and intervene, as early as possible.
“It’s all too easy to turn a blind eye and shy away from issues like domestic abuse, but we can’t pretend that it isn’t happening. It’s 2023 and its still part of our reality, so we must create healthy, safe spaces where young people can discuss this with their teachers, peers and specialists like us. It doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming – we deliver relationship education in a way that is fun, engaging and most of all age appropriate.
“Educating over 25,000 children and young people is such an incredible achievement and I couldn’t be prouder of my team. For us it’s not just a number, it’s 25,000 individual children and young people who now have the tools to identify the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship and know where to access support if they ever need it.
“Now, the only way is up. We’re looking forward to another year of educating even more children and young people to make sure they can identify the warning signs of abuse and know about support services, like ours, that can and will help if they ever need it.”
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