Under Pressure is a training programme developed by Zero Tolerance with support from partners in YouthLink and Celcis.
The programme aims to support professionals working with young people to open discussions with them about some of the challenges and pressures they may be facing including: risks of grooming and sexual exploitation, negotiating online safety, engaging in healthy consent-based relationships, and dealing with the pressures to conform to idealised models of ‘how to be’ men and women.
The programme is three tiered.
- Tier One - Train the trainer: aimed at trainers who work with practitioners working with young people. The training days are run by Zero Tolerance. They are free and take participants through a robust introduction to gender and gender based abuse, including exploration of the potential risks of grooming, porn culture and social media pressures.
- Tier Two - Train the professionals: direct to youth workers, residential care staff, and other practitioners working with young people. This training day is run by Zero Tolerance and by trainers trained by Zero Tolerance. This free one day training course is focused on how to engage young people in discussions about the subjects outlined above.
- Tier Three – Practitioners use materials in their work: a suite of activities and exercises for use with young people to support practitioners working with young people. It includes exercises and discussion prompts designed to support both early intervention and prevention.
The programme has been substantially reviewed over the last few months and we have recently relaunched with new training and activities.