‘SafeSkills’ is a preventative education resource for young people aged 9-12 years. The resource aims to improve the safety of young people in our community in relation to the risks associated with ‘grooming’.
The resource has been developed in partnership with various agencies, including NSPCC, Liverpool’s ‘Protect’ team and the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership. We have consulted teachers to ensure the resource is age appropriate and that the lessons support both teacher and pupil needs.
The resource consists of four modules. The first three focus on the risks associated with the sexual exploitation of young people and cover; ‘motivations and intentions’, ‘talking about your feelings’ and ‘the role of the bystander’. They include short films and interactive activities designed to promote discussion in a safe space.
Using films and interactive, skill based, activities about ‘grooming’ behaviour and controlling relationships, the resources develop young people’s resilience, equipping them with the necessary skills to protect themselves against grooming risks. The themes of the films are based on typical grooming scenarios and include gift giving, 'park life' and gaming.
In 2020 a fourth module was added to the resource, focusing on grooming for criminal exploitation. The module reinforces the skills learned in the first three modules, but this time in the context of the threat-based grooming typically used by criminal gangs.
‘SafeSkills’ can be used by teachers and other professionals to empower young people in practical ways. The resource focuses on identifying opportunities for a young person to take positive action or to ask for support.
‘SafeSkills’ helps young people to develop their communication skills and increase their resilience, helping them to build a network of people that they can turn to for support. The resource presents realistic situations in an implicit, non-threatening but thought provoking way.
Claire McKinnon, Year 6 teacher from St. William of York said, “Our kids loved the resource and it was really relevant to their needs.”
If you would like more information - or access to SafeSkills, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.