The Alice Ruggles Trust Relationship Safety Resource is now available to secondary schools through the country.
The resource consists of teaching materials and lesson plans on stalking and coercive behaviour that can be used by teachers as part of the relationships aspect of the new statutory RSE strand of PSHE education. It has been developed in collaboration with, and quality-assured by, the PSHE Association.
Aimed at key stage 4 (14- to 16-year-old) students, the two lesson plans and accompanying materials promote awareness of unhealthy relationship behaviours and stalking in order to help protect young people from the potential risks in such situations. These are being offered free to schools to help ensure that young people learn essential safeguarding information and skills in an interactive yet safe and age-appropriate way.
The focus throughout is on raising awareness of the steps young people can take to support their safety and emotional wellbeing whilst reinforcing that stalking and harassment are both socially unacceptable and illegal.
PSHE Association subject specialist Anne Bell comments:
- “We know that the new statutory changes mean teachers need good quality resources that help them deliver potentially difficult topics. These lesson plans provide a safe and relevant way to talk about unhealthy relationships and managing unwanted attention.”
Sue Hills and Clive Ruggles, Alice Ruggles’ parents, add:
- “It is really important that young people realise about the dangers of coercive control and stalking and don’t hesitate to take the necessary steps to keep themselves safe.”