Learning from a 'whole school approach' to preventing violence against women and girls
In March this year, following the disappearance and murder of Sarah Everard, women and girls across the UK began
sharing their experiences of sexual violence and harassment in public spaces, in their workplace, in schools and at
home. Over 15,000 women and girls submitted testimonies to the website
Everyone’s Invited, highlighting the prevalence
of rape culture within schools and universities.
While women and girl’s accounts sparked a widespread (but short-lived?) media conversation, organisations such a
have dedicated their work over decades to highlight and prevent violence against women and girls. As an arts organisation
working primarily in schools, Tender recognises the important role that schools can play in preventing domestic abuse and
sexual violence in young people’s lives.
Funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Tender delivered a whole school approach in four schools in
the London Borough of Croydon, with aim the promote healthy relationships, challenge stereotypes and foster gender equality.
As the evaluator of the three-year project, DMSS has produced a learning report setting out the six building blocks necessary
to establish and embed a whole school approach. By bringing findings from the evaluation together with evidence from the
wider field of gender-based violence prevention work, the learning report summarises what was learnt in Croydon and draws
out implications for future initiatives.
The executive summary is available here and the
full learning report here.