Doncaster pupils tackle domestic abuse issues

Paul Moffat, Doncaster Childrens Services Trusts CEO, with Mrs Michelle Walton (Principal at Hillside Academy) with pupils
Paul Moffat, Doncaster Childrens Services Trusts CEO, with Mrs Michelle Walton (Principal at Hillside Academy) with pupils
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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.