REAL TALK, LETS TALK.
Healthy relationships are integral for our development, mental health and general wellbeing. Its something we all assume we are aware of but in practicality many of us share different views on what makes a healthy relationship. The risk of not understanding what makes a healthy relationship is, possibly ending up in an abusive one.
Domestic abuse in intimate partner relationships is incredibly common across, cultures, ages, sexuality and class. Affecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men
Following the Education Secretary guidance, from September 2020, All schools will need to teach their pupils about relationships and sex education. This is great but what pupils take away from these lessons is what will influence change.
Through my work with the Domestic Abuse Commission, I have facilitated many engaging workshops with young people exploring their views on relationships, gender roles and domestic abuse. With the key objectives;
Understanding where they have learned their ideas of relationships from.
Exploring their views on gender roles.
Changing behaviors to change attitudes.
Identifying all forms of domestic abuse and the signs to help identify them.
Breaking down the myths of domestic abuse and reinforcing empathy for those experiencing it.
Empowering them with how to seek help or support someone they know who is experiencing domestic abuse.
Real Talk, Lets Talk. Relationships offers engaging and specifically aimed at young people. My approach is to be as transparent and relatable as possible to enable young people to feel more comfortable and open up. We understand that some teachers may not feel comfortable having these conversations with young people due to the possible breakdown of boundaries and young people have told me that they don’t always feel comfortable having these conversations with their teachers. Having an external person come in and lead these workshops can help these overcome barriers and open the dialogue for further workshops and learning to be done.