“it was knowledgeable”
“[I] liked the statistics”
This discussion guide is one of a number of resources on the This Is Abuse website which was created by the government. The resource includes useful exercises and data that can be used with young people. The site also has a number of video’s.
“informative and interesting”
“shows how important it is to report any abuse”
“had more interactive things to do”
Expect Respect is a women’s aid educational toolkit that has session plans for each year from reception to year 13. The resource is a clear and easy to follow, with interactive exercises and positive cartoon images of young people. Young people enjoyed the exercises, although some older groups found the images slightly childish but this should not impact the use of resources. There are some great sessions on gender stereotyping and how roles men and women play which impact abuse.
Young People rated it 5/5
“[I liked] discussing about consent including sex. Knowing about the difference between what are good and bad in-between relationships”
“makes you question what people might want from you”
“learnt about good relationships”
Real Love Rocks is an educational toolkit created by Barnardo’s and their client group, it includes personal stories and is presented in a style the client group approved. It is a four session programme with interactive exercises and short animations to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation with young people. A clear lesson plan is given for each session which includes timings for showing clips, work sheets for the activities, and additional optional material. A separate toolkit is available for a younger audience, though this is an evaluation for the older group.
Young people really enjoyed the sessions; they particularly liked seeing the personal stories shown in the animations. The activities participants really enjoyed were those where they didn’t have to give a verbal answer but could hold up a card or chose answers from a selection. An example of this is session two ‘has the law been broken?’ Where scenario are read out and participants hold up a legal or illegal card to indicate if the law has been broken – this is also a good way monitor their understanding of content.
The animations young people enjoyed as felt were not too shocking but portrayed the same message, one young person commented that there is no difference between animation or actors as the stories would be the same and a cartoon does not diminish the fact the experiences told are not acceptable; it also makes the material accessible to younger age groups.
Ideally this needs to be run in a large group as the small groups it was trialled with said it would make them feel more at ease being in a larger group; also some participants suggested separating genders for the sessions, again to create ease in discussions.
Young people felt this could be shown to those of high school age (11+), though facilitators would need to consider the maturity levels of the group due to the sexual references.
“really enjoyed the session – interesting discussions”
“it’s fascinating to learn about”
This is a resource created by Cheshire Without Abuse for ACT ON IT.
It uses a number of interactive exercises to discuss Domestic Abuse with young people, and how it can effect their own relationships. This workshop can be followed as written, but facilitators are encouraged to use the examples to tailor their own sessions for the needs of the group.
Young people have rated this 5 stars and think it could be used with anyone of High School age. However, they recommend adjustments based on needs of the group.
“Well presented, clear”
“Really informative. I rate 8/8 mate”
This is a resource created by Cheshire Without Abuse for ACT ON IT.
This workshop is a follow up to the previous resource Explaining Domestic Abuse to Teenagers.
This interactive session which follows a similar lesson plan to the previous workshop allows young people to discuss and explore why a person might harm those they love. This workshop can be followed as written, but facilitators are encouraged to use the examples to tailor their own session for the needs of the group.
Young people have given this a 5 stars, and think it is appropriate for anyone of High School age – although recommend changes as necessary for the maturity of the group.
“didn’t like how it stereotype of men giving abuse”
“I learnt what domestic abuse is”
“it was informative and boring”
Tough Talk is an American guide on how to talk to young men about teenage relationships abuse, the emphasis is more about stopping young men from becoming abusive but there is a small section on male victims. This resource focuses on male delivery; it’s targeted towards sports coaches and other male stereotypical roles. This resource does not include any exercises or sessions but is purely a discussion guide. This resource may be useful for those who are working with all male groups, particularly those who don’t want to engage in discussions on abuse. Young people in Cheshire East thought this material could be used with any age groups.
“well presented, clear”
“really informative, I rate 8/8”
REaDAPt toolkit was created by Keele University which trialled educational intervention programmes in Stoke-on-Trent, France, and Spain, and using feedback from schools involved in the trial created the educational toolkit. This toolkit can be used with young people aged 12 – 18 and comes with clear aims and lesson plans. What is particularly good in this toolkit is module 6 ‘What happens if it happens to me’. A number of young people in our consultation groups feedback that there wasn’t advice for what you should do or how you could help a friend.
Domestic abuse is one of the most difficult situations parents and young people can face. It challenges our beliefs and values about family life. The secrecy and stigma that surround it make it difficult for people who experience it to seek help and support.
It is hoped that the information in this booklet will in some way help teenagers and parents to live a life
free from violence and abuse.
It will also help you to understand:
• The ways domestic abuse affects young people
and their development.
• How to listen to teenagers so that you know what
is happening with them.
• How to talk to your sons or daughters about their
experience to help them to understand what is
happening in their lives.
• The impact domestic abuse can have on you
as a parent.
• Steps you can take to try to ensure young
people’s safety while dealing with your situation.
All families work differently. Some are highly organised; others describe ‘organised chaos’ as the daily
round! But generally family life is busy, and teenagers can set the routine if you are not careful. If you
are aware of this, you can avoid it by setting clearly what happens on particular days at particular times.
This may enable your teenager to have a better understanding of what is happening. In due course, this may help to develop their routine as they get older, but it should be for the benefit of the whole family
This booklet is not a teenagers’ developmental guide, as there are many good books on the market with information on this stage of development.
This booklet is simply a range of hints, tips and ideas, designed to be slotted in to busy family life,
this booklet aims to encourage teenagers to think about the experiences and skills they may
need to help them prepare for adulthood, and to help parents to think creatively about supporting
their teenager. Its aim is to encourage the development of the necessary skills without it seeming to be a programme to be followed, or set of exercises or school homework.
In the care pack you can access free resources this includes
A wellbeing plan
Calm Breathing Steps
Looking after yourself booklet
Time Out Sheet
Weekly Feelings Tracker
Click below to access
Building Relationships – Schools
Differences in understanding social behaviour and the feelings of others, which informs the development of friendships and relationships.
Differences in understanding social behaviour and the feelings of others, which informs
the development of friendships and relationships.