• Fantastic resources, trialled and approved by young people in Cheshire East.

    All to help educate teenagers on healthy relationships and how to explain what abuse is


Educational Toolkits



“it was knowledgeable”

“[I] liked the statistics”

“eye opening”

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.

Real Love Rocks


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”

“very good”

“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.


Workshop: Explaining Domestic Abuse to Teenagers

What is Domestic Abuse-teenagers workshop ACT ON IT

“really enjoyed the session – interesting discussions”

“great exercises”

“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.

Workshop: Exploring why people cause harm

Workshop Exploring why people cause harm

“eye opening”

“Well presented, clear”

“informative, shocking”

“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.  

REaDAPT Toolkit


“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.