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Project information

Relationship Safety

Piloting an education programme for young women with learning disabilities about relationship safety. These women are four times more likely to be sexually abused than the non disabled population and referrals following abuse increase as more vulnerable women live independently in the community

January 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Voice UK

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  • Need


    The problem is one of increasing rates of sexual abuse amongst young women with learning disabilities living in the community. Only 50% of women with learning disabilities receive any sex education which contributes to the reason that they are four times more likely to experience sexual abuse than their non disabled counterparts. Learning disability teams are supporting an increasing number of young women who have been abused and one team has produced a course tailor made for their specific need


    Voice UK will run 12 pilot courses including the following components:
    Understanding differences between friendships and relationships
    Recognising risk and abuse in sexual relationships
    Alcohol awareness
    Recognising how to stay safe on a night out
    Understanding sex including how to say no
    Putting skills into practice through revising and repeating
    The courses will be targeted at young women percieved to be at risk and will help solve the problem by reducing ignorance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Educate young women with learning disabilities on relationship safety


    » Seek referrals from adult safeguarding teams and SARCs
    » Run pilot courses in the West Midlands, Devon and Greater Manchester where Voice UK has regional co-ordinators
    » Evaluate and adapt courses for nationwide roll out.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    delivering the pilot course to 200 young women with learning disabilities
    200 young women reporting a better understanding of relationships and sex

    Aim 2

    Speaking out on behalf of young women with learning disabilities who have been sexually abused


    » Regional Co-ordinators will facilitate self help groups on a monthly basis to bring together young women with learning disabilities
    » Voice UK's campigns officer will support the groups and ensure that the groups' views are heard by parliamentarians,policy makers and police officers

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Voice UK's campaigns officer meeting with self help groups in 3 parts of country 4 times a year
    Issues about sexual abuse having higher profile

  • Impact


    The long term change will be reduced incidence of sexual abuse amongst women with disabilities.

    Success will be demonstrated through a reduction in these crimes and an increase in the number of vulnerable women saying they understand about sex and relationships

    Success will be demonstrated through the media, through Voice UK's web site and through publicity.


    Risks relate to the materials and content being pitched at a suitable level for the audience.
    This being dealt with by proposing materials developed by a learning disability partnership board which have been trialled with a group of young women with learning disabilities.
    A second risk is ensuring sufficient support for teaching groups
    This dealt with by holding courses in areas where Voice UK has regional co-ordinators working with extensive networks from whom volunteers will be recruited


    The courses will all be evaluated and the results will be reported to donors via the web site and emails on a monthly basis.

    A feedback session will also be held at the end of the year for any donors who would like to hear about the results face to face.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,600 Relationship workshops 24 4 week courses @ £100 / session
      £3,000 materials easy read and interactive materials
      £11,400 campaigns and project co-ordin Salary for working 14 hours per week
  • Background


    The project will be co-ordinated from Derby and delivered in Greater Manchester, Devon and the West Midlands


    Young people with learning disabilities in areas where learning disability teams are concerned about the number of referrals in realtion to sexual abuse.
    Police and PCTs will benefit from potential victims being supported before crimes occur

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Voice UK has 15 years experience supporting vulnerable victims of crime
    Voice UK delivers keeping safe workshops to over 500 adults with learning disabilities in a year
    Voice UK is experienced in producing easy read materials for adults with learning disabilities and adopts a peer led approach by employing adults with learning disabilities to assist with course delivery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Daniel Haslem

    Equal Access to Justice Co-ordinator and responsible for delivery of workshops to adults with larning disabilities

    Tina Feather

    Regional co-ordinator Devon and has worked with the Learning disability team which wrote the course.

    Kathryn Stone

    Chief executive of Voice UK and with overall responsibility for all projects

    Daniel Hardy

    Equal access to justice worker who has a learning disability and delivers workshops with support.