Under Pressure


Youth and community work is well placed for reaching teenagers facing multiple disadvantage, who are likely to experience higher levels of violence than their less disadvantaged peers.

That is why we created the Under Pressure training course. The course aims to increase awareness of the issue of abuse and sexual exploitation in young people’s relationships, as well as equipping youth and community workers with skills and knowledge to prevent and address this problem in their practice.

Originally launched in 2011, the programme was consistently well evaluated and in order to meet demand for the course. It has developed into a train the trainer model. We work alongside partner organisations YouthLink Scotland and The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ).

Under Pressure is currently undergoing a review and update of materials. It will be relaunched and new training dates will be announced in due course.

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Under Pressure - Preventing Teen Abuse and ExploitationUnder Pressure - Preventing Teen Abuse and Exploitation This report details the findings from our pilot Under Pressure training course for youth workers'

Under Pressure - Youth worker responses to gendered abuse and exploitationUnder Pressure - Youth worker responses to gendered abuse and exploitation This follow-up report to ‘Under Pressure: Preventing Teen Abuse and Exploitation’ looks at the challenges faced by professionals working with young people on these issues, and how they can be overcome.