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Author: Jo Sharpen


  • Tackling harmful sexual behaviours in schools

    Posted on: April 13, 2018 by: Jo Sharpen


    The International Center: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking (University of Bedfordshire) have launched a series of resources to help schools respond to harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). The resources […]

  • Disrespect Nobody – Home Office campaign on teen relationship abuse

    Posted on: April 5, 2018 by: Jo Sharpen


      Since 2010, the Home Office has run an annual campaign to raise awareness about abuse in teenage relationships. This year’s campaign has just launched and you can find all […]

  • Good News!! Government announces compulsory Relationships & Sex Education in all schools

    Posted on: March 3, 2017 by: Jo Sharpen


    Last weeks blog was all about the call for SRE to be made mandatory in schools. This week the government responded and announced that it would be compulsory in all schools. […]

  • Calls for Sex Education in All Schools

    Posted on: February 17, 2017 by: Jo Sharpen


    An open letter to Education Secretary Justine Greening, co-signed by MPs from across parties and leading charities was delivered this week. The letter (which you can read here) makes the case for new […]

  • Gender based violence and youth participation – AVA conference and toolkit!

    Posted on: July 6, 2016 by: Jo Sharpen


    On July 5th, AVA held a conference our work on gender based violence and youth participation. This event celebrated the last three years of Big Lottery funded work with our […]

  • Negotiating adolescence in the digital age .. adventures in uncharted territory?

    Posted on: August 27, 2015 by: Jo Sharpen


    This months blog is from Michèle Bartlett, who reflects on her work delivering workshops in schools on the impact of pornography. Michèle Bartlett MA is a UKCP Accredited Child Psychotherapist. She works […]

  • The Whole School Approach: How we can make Sex and Relationships work for our young people

    Posted on: June 3, 2015 by: Jo Sharpen


    This month we are really excited to have a guest blog from Tamara Kaz. Tamara was instrumental in helping us build this website and now works for EVAW who AVA […]

  • The DAY Programme

    Posted on: December 18, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    DAY is a youth domestic abuse and exploitation education programme. It uses a personification of the Duluth wheel of power and control to equip young people to identify domestic abuse. The main aims […]

  • Domestic violence prevention work in educational settings: What progress have we made?

    Posted on: December 18, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    We are really grateful this month to have a guest post from Pattie Friend. Pattie has been the ‘Learning to Respect Domestic Violence Education Programme Coordinator’ in the London borough […]

  • Tackling Homophobic Language – Stonewall

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    This resource explores what homophobic language is, why it is harmful, the effects it can cause and how to tackle it. Homophobic language comes in many different forms. Most of the […]

  • The Words We Use – Stonewall

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    This KS1/KS2 Lesson plan encourages pupils to begin to recognise the way homophobic and other insults operate, and how they hurt people.

  • Pushing The Boundaries – 4YP

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    A practical resource pack for professionals working with primary age children (year 5 & 6) offering advice and activities to explore around consent, friendship and respect, physical boundaries, inappropriate touch […]

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education – Department for Education

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    This report by the Department of Education explores safeguarding issues with specific reference to Child Sexual Exploitation and Female Genital Mutilation.

  • FGM: Awareness Raising in a Secondary Setting – Integrate Bristol

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    This resource aims to enable staff in secondary settings to better understand and overcome barriers facing young people, staff and child protection leads when trying to discuss and support efforts […]

  • POSTER: Together We Can End FGM – Home Office

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    This poster by the Home Office provides an NSPCC anonymous helpline to call if you think you or someone you know is at risk of Female Genital Mutilation.

  • FGM: The Facts – Home Office

    Posted on: September 1, 2014 by: Jo Sharpen


    This handout developed by the Home Office gives a basic overview of what FGM is, how it is abuse ,and the legal implications of its practice.