How to work with different ages:
Content of workshops and lessons needs to be age appropriate and relevant to the lives of the children and young people. Understanding the context and development stage of the group that you are working with is an important first step to tailoring the prevention programme to meet their needs. Children of all ages can experience forms of Violence Against Women and Girls so it is important that ways are found to engage them in education to stop it.
Early years (0-5):
Working with very young children can be developed through nursery and early years education. There are ways to engage very young children through reading relevant books, developing respectful play and talking about friendship and what it means to be ‘me’. Activities can focus on gently raising awareness of child abuse, domestic violence and start to build the child’s social skills. With this age group, work with parents, carers and families through toddlers groups and health visitors can provide good opportunities to learn about abuse and intervene early if there are any signs of harm.
Working with secondary aged children provides opportunities to think about the intimate relationships that they may be starting to form, and to prevent violence in the future. Secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units, Youth Centres, Youth Offending Teams and Girl Guiding and Scouts clubs are great opportunities to engage young people in prevention education programmes.