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Healthy London Healthy Relationships Briefing for London Schools/Professionals Working with Children and Young People

Leading change 

AVA is delighted to have been commissioned by London Councils to lead Healthy London Healthy Relationship (HLHR) in partnership with the London VAWG Consortium prevention strand. 

Healthy London Healthy Relationship project aims to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) by embedding a Whole School Approach (WSA)  to tackle attitudes and beliefs that cause VAWG, strengthening schools’ responses to gender-based violence.

Our expert partnership consists of the excellent:

Women and Girls Network (WGN): is a free women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence. WGNoffer counselling, advocacy and advice for women and girls who have experienced gendered violence.

Latin American Women Rights Service (LAWRS): Support the immediate and long-term needs of Latin American women migrants in the UK. LAWRS offers specialist advice, advocacy, information and counselling services in a personalised, confidential and impartial manner. All the services are free, held in Spanish and Portuguese and in women-only settings.

Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA): Support Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse & sexual violence. JWA provide immediate practical and emotional support, counselling, children’s therapy and support groups.

Iranian Kurdish Women Rights Organisation (IKWRO): IKWRO’s mission is to protect and promote the rights of Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of  ‘honour-based’ violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. IKWRO also provide services including advocacy and counselling.

FORWARD: Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD) is the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls.

IMECE: Aims to empower Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) women, particularly Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot women and improve the quality of their lives. IMECE deliver holistic support services and counselling to survivors of VAWG.

Healthy London Healthy Relationships

Over the next four years, our brilliant partnership of experts will support schools and youth settings to build capacity around the key pillars of healthy relationships which includes safety and safeguarding. 

Our HLHR programme is needs-led and will respond to changes in the local landscape. 

We will provide:

  • Free training on how to embed a whole school approach and digital safeguarding for educators and other professionals working with and supporting  children and young people
  • Bespoke support and community outreach with schools, parents and youth settings
  • A prevention toolkit accessed via our HLHR online Hub for professionals working with CYP 

A Whole School Approach to preventing VAWG 

A WSA is an evidence-based model for education settings aimed at cultivating an environment of safety, tackling VAWG at its core by dismantling gender inequality to help children and young people build healthy relationships across their life course. 

We know schools are doing the best they can with what they know to deliver Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) but more resources and specialist knowledge is needed to support teachers and professionals.  This is why our HLHR Programme is so timely and will support schools in meeting these new statutory obligations.  

Dismantling gender inequality 

VAWG is not inevitable but preventable and must be centered as part of wider cultural and systemic changes, that recognise this abhorrent crime is rooted in gender inequality and intersectional oppression.

Our education system is well placed to ignite this change within our ecosystem, through the application of a WSA and a gendered lens.

Coordinated action 

bell hooks remind us that “without community, there is no liberation”, but through the application of a WSA within our schools, we can embed prevention work. By working collectively as one community to tackle VAWG we can put a stop to this epidemic. 

If you are interested in addressing gender-based violence and safeguarding to ensure your school is a safe space where students can thrive and develop, contact  Campbell HLHR lead @AVA (michaela.campbell@avaproject.org.uk) to find out more. 

About our funder 

London Councils represents and champions London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, serving local communities, businesses and amplifying the voice of Londoners. London Councils are a crossparty organisation that works on behalf of all of  member authorities regardless of political persuasion. London Councils work with partners to deliver sustainable change, address inequalities and make London a fairer place for all. http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/grants 

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