What we teach children about abusive relationships

Gloucestershire Live is reporting that Gloucestershire has devised a set of lessons that can be used in schools to help young people understand what a healthy relationship or friendship looks like, and importantly, to recognise the early signs of abuse or coercive control.

The initiative is led by the county council’s Jane Bee, and is called the PinK Curriculum, standing for People in the Know.

It has been championed in the wake of the Serious Case Review into the murder of Cheltenham teenager Kayleigh Ann Palmer at the hands of her boyfriend Aston Robinson. Her unborn child also died when Robinson strangled her to death.

Jane said “There are lesson plans which allow teachers to plan an entire Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum around these safety issues, especially for teenage relationships. It gives ideas on what is a safe relationship, what makes a safe relationship; there’s a section on consent called ‘Give and get'”

“In the last audit of all the schools in Gloucestershire, 83 per cent of primary schools and 92 per cent of secondary schools were using the PinK Curriculum.”

“Some of your young people don’t always have a model of a healthy relationships at home.”

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What else can schools and teachers do to ensure their pupils recognise the signs of an abusive relationship? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie

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