Work with Young People and Professionals
The Speak Out project offers free support around healthy relationships and awareness of domestic abuse to organisations working with young people including secondary schools. We are happy to meet with you to discuss what work might be most useful for you. See below for some suggestions.
Assemblies and Workshops – Interactive workshops covering healthy and unhealthy relationships, warning signs of abuse and boundaries, the law on relationship abuse, how to support a friend and where to go for help. Assemblies covering the above topics and/or a personal story of getting into and out of an abusive relationship as a young teenager.
Staff Training and Awareness – Talks/presentations to staff or longer interactive training sessions on the prevalence of abuse in teen relationships, types of abuse, warning signs, the law, personal experience and how to support a young person, signposting and suggested resources.
Student Ambassador Projects – Work with a group of older students to train them to be peer mentors/ambassadors and support younger students with worries about friendships, bullying, gender equality and other healthy relationships related issues.
For example, at Cotham School we worked with staff and students to build a whole school approach to healthy relationships, including: training senior staff and tutors, delivering assemblies to years 7 – 11, running workshops for post-16, advising on and writing plans for tutorials, training students to be Ambassadors (peer mentors) for healthy relationships and evaluating the project to identify what worked and what could be improved. Please contact us for more information.
About Speak Out
Speak Out is a social action project to raise awareness of domestic abuse in young people's relationships. The project is informed by real experiences and aims to educate young people about what makes a healthy relationship, warning signs, the reality of domestic abuse and getting help. We also work with adults to increase understanding of teenage relationship abuse and how to support the young people you’re working with.
Speak Out was set up by Chlo Winfield in 2014, following her experiences of abuse in a first relationship as a young teenager.
Since then Chlo has worked with a number of schools and organisations to increase awareness about young people and domestic abuse, including designing and delivering training for professionals and workshops for young people.
"Although I work with young people and was aware of some of the issues anecdotally, I learnt a lot in this workshop.
It was so valuable to really focus on the issue of relationship abuse in young people and it's social context, particularly the role of social media. It helped to get a clear picture of a complicated topic. The workshop was a good combination of learning and activity, we did an exercise on healthy relationships and heard about real experiences. I wish it was available to all students!"
Lauenna Luddington - Counsellor specialising in student mental health.