Secondary Schools

Secondary School Safeguarding Education

Young people need knowledge, skills, a supportive space to think and reflect and “tools in their toolbox” to keep safe in today’s world. We want all young people to be able to spot the signs of exploitative relationships and our production of Real Voices tells the story of Liam , John and Sacha highlighing issues of Child Sexual Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Organised Crime, County Lines, Missing Children,  Mental Health , Domestic abuse and Alcohol Concerns

A short plenary session follows the performance lead by the young actors helping young people reflect and consider the real issues impacting on young people today.

The play forms part of a wider training resource for professionals helping them to spot the signs

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Training to School Staff

We offer whole school training to ensure all staff are able to support young people in the event of a disclosure.

Drop Down Days

Using the key themes within the performance we have developed a set of resources to help young people explore their views on healthy and unhealthy relationships and safely explore how they would respond to unwanted attention. We deliver the sessions to young people from year 7 upwards:

Using The Women’s Aid Expect Respect* Resources accredited by the PSHE Association and the Next Steps for Learning model, Essential Safeguarding deliver training to teachers and pastoral support staff in secondary schools on Safe and Healthy Relationships. The resources explore themes of dealing with conflict and difference, spotting the signs of harmful relationships and understanding more about domestic abuse and the law.

The resource supports staff to evidence a child’s learning and identify young people who may need further support. It also supports schools with preparing for the Sex and Relationship part of the curriculum to be introduced in 2019.

Peer Mentoring Workshops

Peer Mentoring Workshops are an integral part of the work we do and we train young people so they feel confident and know how to respond to peers needing help and support about relationships.

*The Expect Respect Toolkit is a free resource available on line on