Tackling harmful sexual behaviours in schools

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 are a response to the high prevalence of young people displaying HSB, from name calling to sexual bullying and sexual assault, and a recognition of…

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Disrespect Nobody – Home Office campaign on teen relationship abuse

  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 the campaign materials here. It is likely that young people you support will see the adverts on tv and may have questions about the content, or want…

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Calls for Sex Education in All Schools

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 legislation in the Children and Social Work Bill to ensure children are taught about health relationships and consent in schools. The letter states: Children and young…

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

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 5 partners around the country. The aim of the participation project was to deliver therapeutic group work and accredited leadership development to disadvantaged and marginalised…

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

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 in private practice and in the education sector and runs workshops and consults on the impact of digital technology on children and young people. Michèle is…

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

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 work closely with to develop responses to prevent VAWG. You can check out Tamara’s blog in the Huffington Post here. Remember if you want to…

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

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 of Hounslow for ten years and has made a phenomenal difference to the lives of young people across the borough. AVA has always highlighted her…

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Great new resources and award nominations!

We are thrilled to have WON the MEDEA Professional Production Award! We believe this highlights how important prevention work is and hopefully that this site offers a unique space to learn about VAWG and understand how to challenge and prevent it. We have also been shortlisted for two prestigious learning awards (to be announced in February).…

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