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TeenzTalk addresses the issue of Healthy Relationships, intimate partner abuse with young people aged 14/16 years. Aims to support boys and girls in avoiding abusive relationships – with particular attention to social media/sexting/sexual exploitation - and safely exiting abusive relationships.
September 2015 - September 2016
Charity information: Splitz Support Service
How do children and young people learn how to develop healthy relationships, how do they learn to recognize the impact of their behaviour on others and themselves?; indeed, how do they know what a healthy relationship is? It is difficult for children and young people to avoid exposure to sexual content in the media; television programmes often glorify celebrities, based only looks, clothes, and the ability to shock.
Teens become aware of, and can recognise the signs and symptoms of dating violence, so that they can develop healthy and respectful relationships, mitigating the likelihood of becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse themselves. Young people learn to have positive relationships based on mutual respect. Young people are empowered to stop dating abuse before it starts.
Deliver interactive sessions to separate groups of girls and boys in schools during term time
Activities» 12 week structured programme of learning and activity delivered by facilitators who mirror respectful relationships toward each other.
What success will look like
Receive start and finish questionnaires from at least 168 young people as well as evaluation responses from the facilitators and the school pastoral staff.
Collated data and evaluation responses including some longitudinal surveys ( some through the media of a bespoke website) and ongoing parent/teacher responses will demonstrate that we have addressed the issues and prevented situations of bullying/cyber bullying and intimate partner relationship violence either occurring or being substantially minimised in at least 80% of those attending the programme.
Risks relate in the main to safeguarding concerns from disclosures made to staff arising from issues discussed or 'surfacing'. In the pilot, over 10% made some form of disclosure, including sexual exploitation and rape. Robust safeguarding procedures, agreed with school pastoral team in advance.
Funders of this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans
Budget - Project Cost: £55,565Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £31,959 salaries facilitator and staff salaries £7,325 staff costs training and travel £7,250 project costs website development & evaluation £3,980 capital equipment £5,051 core costs organisational core costs
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Blagrave Trust £45,000 Guaranteed
Wiltshire is a large, predominantly rural with a population of 452,600. Almost half of the population resides in towns and villages with less than 5,000 people and a quarter live in villages of fewer than 1,000 people.Approximately 90% of the county is classified as rural with significant areas with a rich and diverse heritage of national and international interest, such as the Stonehenge and the Salisbury Cathedral.
The project is aimed at the Secondary schools of Wiltshire and the years 9/10 pupils
Splitz has 26 years experience of delivery of programmes and interventions around respectful relationships and domestic abuse. We are part funded by Wiltshire Council to deliver our main outreach programmes and already (2013/14) supported 257 referrals for intense one to one interventions around young people at risk.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Kim Patton - Staff Member
Kim is the coordinator of all Splitz Youth Services and developed the original concept of TeenzTalk and continues to provides overall management.