Violence in young people's intimate relationships is a child-welfare problem, with girls and young women reporting higher rates for all forms of violence and a greater level of negative impacts.
Young people too often see this violence as 'normal' and with the increased pressures facing young people, due to sexualised images, social media and more readily available pornography, there is a clear need for a prevention initiative to tackle this issue.
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.
Under Pressure training course
That is why we created the Under Pressure training course which aims to increase awareness of the issue of abuse and sexual exploitation in young people’s relationships, as well as equipping 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, has been developped 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 one of the only training course of its kind and is free for youth workers to attend - you can find all upcoming Under Pressure sessions here.
Whole Schools Approach
In partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland, this is a young person led project that aims to tackle sexual harassment, gender inequality and gender-based discrimination in secondary schools. This is a pilot project running for three years. We will be updating this over the coming months, keep an eye out!