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What is a whole school / education approach?

What is a whole school / education approach?

A whole-school approach can be understood as working across the school community - with students, staff, parents and the wider community, integrating a focus on violence against women and girls across the school.

Educational settings are an important environment where positive attitudes towards gender equality and healthy respectful relationships can be fostered through a rights based approach.

Adopting a whole education approach that includes preventative education through all parts of school and college life, involving the community has been identified as significant in being able to teach preventative education.

Research has also shown the significance of this approach in relation to teaching bullying prevention messages and in relation to child sexual abuse prevention.

Welsh Women’s Aid and the Welsh Government have now published a good practice guide on a Whole Education Approach to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. This guide is intended to be used as a handy tool to help integrate these issues and approaches into existing teaching and management practices. There is also a wealth of existing support in the public and third sector which is available to help support this vital work.

Principles and practice: The 9 key elements of a whole education approach

The guidance sets out the following 9 key elements and gives best practice examples of embedding each:

  1. Children and young people learn about violence against women, domestic abuse and
    sexual violence.
  2. Staff learn about violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  3. Parents, care-givers and family learn about violence against women, domestic abuse and
    sexual violence.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation systems are in place to measure impact of this work.
  5. Measures are in place to support people who experience forms of violence against
    women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  6. Active participation of children and young people, staff and parents/care-givers to prevent
    violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  7. Taking action to prevent violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence in
    the wider community.
  8. Working in partnership with relevant local experts.
  9. Embedding a comprehensive prevention programme.

For more information, visit the Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) Digital Prevention Platform (External link).

Policies & Guidance

Find relevant guidance and information on the VAWDASV Act.

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It is intended to be used as a handy tool to help integrate these issues and approaches into existing teaching and management practices.
This information is particularly relevant to childcare workers, educational administrative and support staff, nursery teachers, primary and secondary school teachers, safeguarding leads in education, school nurses and those who are engaged or employed in a voluntary capacity in education services in Wales.

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