The Guardian is reporting on a charity that is using workshops with games and drama to get teenagers talking about relationships, sexual violence and harassment.
The article focuses on the work of anti-abuse charity Tender, which helps adolescents avoid abusive relationships.
Tender, which is funded by 31 London councils to run workshops using role-play, drama and games to challenge stereotypes and facilitate debate in mainly secondary schools, says it is being increasingly asked to work with under-11s.
“We only have funding to do one primary school in every borough,” said Susie McDonald, Tender’s chief executive. “But we’ve had six or seven in each come to us and say: ‘Yes please, can you come here?’ We are getting feedback about inappropriate touching and inappropriate use of the internet in primary schools.”
McDonald said the workshops offered to primary schools were “age-appropriate”, based on talking about gender, friendships, good and bad secrets and the “underwear rule” – advice from the NSPCC on how to help parents keep children safe from sexual abuse.
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