Why do children and young people need to learn about Violence Against Women and Girls?
“young people are not passive consumers they need support to develop their critical understanding of the things they might be exposed to, or are seeking out”.
It is clear that young people are keen to talk about violence against women and girls and related abusive teenage relationships issues, and practitioners working with young people in both formal and informal educational settings are in a key position to facilitate this work in a safe, responsive and appropriate way.
Children and young people do not have a good understanding of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). There is a lack of knowledge of what it is and how to stop it. There is also a lack of awareness of how to access support services.
Children and young people are at a stage in their life where they are figuring out who they are and how they relate to other people. This is a key time to facilitate conversations about relationships, abuse, responsibility and respect.
Prevention education can not only stop violence against women and girls but also ensure that children and young people who are at risk of violence access the support that they need.
Children and young people want to learn about VAWG:
Children and young people want to learn about sex, relationships, respect and abuse. They do not want to live in a world where there is violence against women and girls. Children and young people recognise that they are not given sufficient education on the things they want to learn about. In one UK survey in 2007 by the UK Youth Parliament of over 20,000 young people aged under 18:
Read more about the case for Sex and Relationships Education in this briefing.
This section looks at how to deliver a programme of learning to children and young people, with guidance and useful tools. You can also look at the resource database to search for relevant, age-appropriate and active learning materials.
Top Tips for delivering activities for children and young people:
- PSHE Association (2012) The role of schools in addressing the impact of pornography and sex in the media http://www.cornwallhealthyschools.org/documents/SRE_pshe_assoc_pornography.pdf
- UK Youth Parliament (2007) Sex Relationships Education are you getting it? http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/AreYouGettingIt.pdf