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A whole school approach to healthy relationships

A whole school approach to healthy relationships

Funded by the Mayor's Office, Tender is working intensively with four Croydon schools to develop a whole-school approach to gender-based and serious youth violence. The project will actively involves children and young people in developing education to promote healthy relationships, challenge stereotypes and promote gender equality, build confidence, increase knowledge and change attitudes that legitimise harmful behaviours. DMSS will be evaluating the project from 2018 to 2020.

A whole-school approach involves providing safe spaces for staff, governors, parents and students to discuss issues of choice, consent, relationships and abuse; having school policies and procedures that address these issues; and ensuring that effective support is available for children who are particularly vulnerable to gang-involvement, abusive relationships or exploitation. The project theory of change is that over time this approach will bring about positive changes in the aspirations, achievements, relationships, well-being and safety of children and young people in participating schools.

Tender is a London-based arts charity working with young people to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence by promoting healthy relationships based on equality and respect.

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