Your Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy recognises the vital role that education can play in challenging misogynistic attitudes which can lead to violence against women and girls. How are you supporting schools to tackle underlying attitudes which may encourage unhealthy relationships or other forms of violence against women and girls?
I have commissioned the charity Tender to deliver a whole school prevention pilot in Croydon. This three-academic year programme is addressing gangs, serious youth violence (SYV) and violence against women and girls within the context of healthy relationships; resilience and enabling young people to make positive choices.
The pilot is being delivered in four Croydon schools and will equip teachers (and other education professionals within the wider school family) with the knowledge, skills and confidence to identify, and take the appropriate steps with children and young people at risk of victimisation or offending.
One element of the evaluation of the pilot will be to develop a toolkit that can be used by other London schools. This will enable schools who wish to, replicate the learning from the pilot to support them to tackle underlying attitudes which may encourage misogyny, unhealthy relationships or other forms of violence against women and girls.