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Developing healthy, safe relationships

The resources and links on this page all support children and young people to understand and manage risky behaviours and promote positive lifestyles and safe and healthy choices within relationships. They include the specific issues of  teenage partner/domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and consent.

The  Healthy and Safe Relationships  unit of learning was commissioned locally and is written specifically for use in Solihull schools and settings. It is aimed predominately at Key Stage 4 students and builds upon learning about healthy relationships and keeping safe in Key Stage 3. Much of the resource is appropriate for pupils in key stage 3, particularly where young people have been identified as being at risk of CSE. The learning opportunities covered by this unit are wide-ranging, including: promoting positive sexual health; understanding the features of equal, respectful and consensual relationships; tackling abusive relationships; managing risk and keeping safe; and safeguarding against grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE). An Adapted 1 to 1 Healthy and Safe Relationships version is also available to support one-to-one or group work with those who have been identified as being at risk from CSE.

Following on from the success of the Healthy and Safe Relationships written for secondary age pupils, a unit of learning has now been produced for primary age children entitled Happy and Safe Relationships (PDF). This resource is aimed at pupils in lower key stage 2 but could also be adapted for other ages. We know that schools play a vital role in supporting children and young people to develop the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed to establish and maintain a range of positive relationships. This unit of learning will support teachers delivering PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education in addressing the often sensitive areas of relationships and personal safety both on and off-line.

UR Decision is an on line video resource that explores issues such as boundaries, sexting, abuse and grooming. It has been developed by Respect Yourself (Warwickshire). The scenarios stop at a key points and viewers get to decide what decision the character takes. They then see the consequences of this decision play out. (upper secondary)

Teenage partner/domestic abuse

The PSHE Association has worked with the Home Office and Government Equalities Office to develop a new teaching resource which supports the Government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign aimed at preventing abuse in teenage relationships. The Disrespect NoBody campaign builds on the Government’s previous This is Abuse campaign, and is aimed at preventing abusive behaviours within relationships.

Teen abuse teachers guide – a teacher’s guide to violence and abuse within teenage relationships.

Teen abuse toolkit – a toolkit for addressing teenage partner abuse within key stages 3,4 and 5.

Women’s Aid Education Toolkit –  The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit consists of one ‘Core’ lesson for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse.

Alex and the Scary Things (link opens in new tab or page) – Melissa Moses. This is the story of Alex who has experienced ‘scary things’, and the different things he does to cope with all the ways these scary things make him feel. This gentle storybook will help children who have experienced trauma deal with their emotions and learn coping strategies.


Summary of the law on sexual consent – PSHE Association guidance

PSHE Association guidance on teaching about consent

Consent for Kids – this YouTube clip could be used to explain consent to primary aged pupils.

Tea and consent – a useful YouTube clip for helping young people and adults to understand the concept of sexual consent.

Give and get consent is a resource produced by Rape Crisis South London in partnership with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, and the End Violence Against Women Coalition. It aims to teach KS3 & 4 pupils about sexual consent.