Education and Prevention

There is significant evidence of increasing prevalence of sexual and other violence in young people’s relationships, as well as high levels of childhood and adult sexual violence. The use of social media and mobile technology in sexual harassment and bullying is also documented. These forms of violence also reflect the increasing sexualisation of children and young people including the availability of pornography, and the subsequent influence on young people’s perceptions of appropriate sexual behaviour.

The ‘Preventing Sexual Violence’ resource pack, designed by Rape Crisis Scotland and implemented with great success nationwide, provides age-appropriate workshops on sexual violence and healthy, consensual sexual relationships to young people. These workshops are delivered by trained Sexual Violence Prevention Workers.

The pack has been designed to complement the work of schools, other education providers and local policy and strategy and fulfils a number of Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes. RCG recognises that schools in particular have busy timetables and are often approached by third sector agencies, which is why the resource and the Sexual Violence Prevention Workers delivering it are adaptable to meet the specific needs of the individual school or group.

This pack is designed to be delivered by the RCG Prevention Worker in partnership with schools and other education providers. There are session plans addressing seven different topics, each with adaptations for four age groups: S1–2, S3–4, S5–6 and age 16–25. Each of the secondary age adaptations has a different focus, so that in theory all seven sessions might be delivered to the same group of young people at three different points in their school career without duplication. However, materials for young people aged 16–25 do include materials drawn from the secondary session plans.

The session topics are:

• Gender

• Consent

• What is sexual violence?

• Sexualisation

• Impacts and Support

• Social Media

• How can we help prevent sexual violence?

This range of session plans enables RCG to liaise with education providers to develop a programme appropriate to their needs. Evidence indicates that interventions are most effective when contact is repeated, so that learning can be built on and sustained. However, schools have many competing priorities and have limited time available, so sessions can be delivered on a standalone basis. Similarly, SVPWs may have limited resources to meet local requirement.