Primary pupils from across the district have been learning how to protect themselves from domestic abuse in a new education programme from Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.
The Trust launched the initiative to tackle the high levels of domestic abuse in the Borough and the programme includes a live theatre show and lesson plans about healthy behaviour.
Children aged nine to 11 have been watching a performance based on Alice in Wonderland, written by a specialist drama company, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), and teachers. They have also taken part in fully supported classroom workshops.
The tour comes as the Trust launches a ground breaking new toolkit to help teachers and other professionals educate children about relationships and domestic abuse.
Paul Moffat, the Trust’s CEO, said: “Domestic abuse can have devastating effects on children and young people. We want to equip them early on in their lives with the skills and knowledge to understand what makes a healthy or unhealthy relationship and what is healthy and unhealthy behaviour.”
Principal of Hillside Academy, Michelle Walton, said: “This resource enables schools to give children valuable lessons that will equip them with essential skills as they grow up.”
Download the toolkit and film clips of A Curious Journey, from the www.doncasterdomesticabuse.co.uk website.