CLEAR Healthy Relationships

The CLEAR Healthy Relationships Programme has been commissioned by the Cornwall Safety Partnership as part of their strategy to tackle domestic and sexual violence (DASV) in the county.

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Devised and led by a team of experienced therapists and co-facilitators, Healthy Relationships has been designed to help prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence in the first instance and to encourage greater reporting when it occurs. Using a creative and therapeutic approach, students will learn to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse, understand where to go for help and form an understanding of what is healthy; knowledge and experience that they can take into adulthood. an shorts disrupt semiotics wayfarers pop-up aesthetic retro kogi Tumblr put a bird on it.

Hear what teachers have to say about the CLEAR Healthy Relationships Program

What is our aim?
Our programme aims to:

Enable young people to develop positive attitudes towards relationships in order to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Educate children and young people to offer them an alternative view to the damaging relationships they are exposed to and consider the ‘norm’.

Offer them a choice and reinforce the concept of ‘healthy relationships’ that they will take forward into adulthood.

Equip staff with the skills and resources they need to promote healthy relationships amongst young people.

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Who is it for?
We are delivering the programme to schoolchildren in years 8 – 11, initially focusing on six areas in Cornwall identified by the safety partnership as experiencing significant social deprivation. Over the next 4 years the programme will be delivered to every school in Cornwall.


Over a four-week programme students will cover:
• Warning signs of an abusive relationship
• Pressures and expectations
• An understanding of the meaning ‘freedom and capacity to consent’ within sexual relationships
• Safety on the internet
• Sexual exploitation
• Ways in which to identify a positive or negative relationship
• Where to go for support
• Respectful relationships

By the end of a four-week cycle students will have discussed and explored the meanings of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. They will have knowledge for where to go for support and for how to support friends and families who have experienced an abusive relationship. Very importantly, they will have also discussed in detail what a healthy relationship is. Exploring respect for self and others; honesty; negotiation; communication and trust.

We recognise that it is imperative that the staff are equipped to deal with disclosures and this can only be achieved through workforce development. We want schools to ensure staff are aware of how violence can impact on a child’s behaviour and what action they should take if they suspect this. So alongside the workshops, the team of therapists will support the school and their staff, working alongside them to support the students who are experiencing abuse or who are at risk of harm.

By discussing, challenging and exploring the problems that arise in these film clips students are equipped with recognising an unhealthy relationship and how to prevent these experiences.
By the end of the workshop cycle the students will have explored and gained insight into:
• Identify positive and negative relationships.
• Enjoy self-esteem and respect
• Deal with pressures and expectations
• Understand the meaning of ‘freedom and capacity to consent’ within sexual relationships
• Avoiding risky behaviour
• Awareness of grooming
• Safety on the Internet
• Identifying warning signs
• Access for support
Why should schools sign up?
• DASV will continue to affect a quarter of the students in schools today.
• It affects children’s education in ways that can often be prevented or alleviated
• 16 – 24 year olds are at the highest rate of experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence of any age group
• Schools have legal responsibilities towards the protection of children currently at risk of abuse or harm and we can support
• Healthy Relationships also deals with immediate problems in school such as classroom bullying, gender identity and sexuality.
• It is an ofsted friendly project!
What the students say:
• “It’s really helped me with my relationship with my Dad…we’re now a lot better.”
• “Healthy Relationships has helped me with a self confidence issue I had and I hope it continues to help other people the way it has helped me.”
• “This programme has helped me learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships and I now know where to go for help.”
Who to contact?
If you have any questions about the programme or you would like to get involved please email the service co-ordinator: c.hayes@clearsupport.net