Children leading the way
Children are leading the way on tackling sexual harassment in schools
Article from March 2017 published on theconversation.com
by Emma Renold, Professor of Childhood Studies at Cardiff University.
At present, Wales is the only nation that has a devolved government guide for taking a whole school approach to sexual harassment, backed by law. But we wanted to go further than this, and support young people themselves.
Our research project explicitly set out to listen to the experiences of everyday sexism and sexual harassment by children aged ten to twelve. Even at this age, they were frustrated and angry at having to put up with these forms of abuse, and not knowing what to do about it.
We listened, and we acted. The result was a national resource kit for Wales, made in partnership with Cardiff University, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, NSPCC/Cymru, Welsh Women’s Aid, young people and practitioners. Importantly, AGENDA: A Young People’s Guide to Making Positive Relationships Matter takes forward a core component of Wales’ whole school approach – supporting young people to take action themselves. Read the full article here.