Sexual Bullying at School Workshop (Inappropriate Behaviour)
Sexual bullying at school is a real problem in the UK and it is the joint responsibility of teachers, parents and public and private organisations to work together to put an end to it.
As children grow up, they inevitably want to experience and learn about physical relationships but they can be confused by the messages they receive from society. This, combined with a lack of experience and sound guidance, makes it all too easy for young people to make unwise decisions and put themselves at risk of sexual exploitation.
Experiencing sexual bullying at school can destroy self-esteem and lead to mental health issues such as depression, self-harm and attempting suicide.
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2020 Dreams can provide Sexual Bullying and Inappropriate Behaviour workshops for schools, referral units and other young people’s institutions throughout the UK, tackling the problem of sexual bullying, at school or outside, head on, using a blend of creative and effective tools and techniques.
- Almost a third of girls have experienced sexual touching in UK schools.
- 28% of 16-18 year-olds are exposed to sexual pictures via a mobile phone several times a month or more.
- Nearly one in four 16-18 year olds say that none of their teachers have ever said that sexual touching, name-calling or picture sharing are unacceptable.
*From EVAW (End Violence Against Women): London, 2010.
What is Sexual Bullying
Sexual bullying at school can overlap with other strains of unacceptable behaviour such as cyberbullying and homophobic discrimination and victims may not always be clear on what is appropriate and what isn’t. The same may be true of the bullies themselves; for example, they may regard sexually inappropriate language as ‘banter.’
Sexual bullying is used to describe a broad range of behaviours, from name-calling, spreading gossip and making unwanted innuendos to incidents of invading personal space, inappropriate touching, sexual abuse and rape. Some forms of sexual bullying may even be regarded as hate crimes in the eyes of the law.
Throughout the day the pupils responded with maturity
G. Larcombe, Long Close School, Slough
By the time students have left a 2020 Dreams Sexual Bullying and Inappropriate Behaviour workshop, they will have a clear understanding of the many forms that sexual bullying can take and victims will feel more empowered to protect their private space by acquiring new skills and strategies; they will also learn how to seek outside help should they need to.
Sexual Bullying and the National Curriculum
Schools are required to provide sex and relationship education from Key Stage Three onwards, and issues around sexual bullying at school are a valuable addition to the more factual information teachers will be providing. Key Stage Three pupils will also be starting Citizenship classes with teachers expected to, “prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens.”
Sexual harassment and assault impinges on the freedoms and human rights that the UK grants its citizens and is also a major problem for law enforcement agencies. A 2020 Dreams Sexual Bullying and Inappropriate Behaviour workshop can help to support your Citizenship classes by bringing together all of these areas of study.
By the end of secondary school, the government also wants pupils to have the, “skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.” 2020 Dreams open forum discussions give young people the chance to develop those skills.
How is a 2020 Dreams Workshop Structured?
Issues involving inappropriate behaviour and sexual bullying at school are so serious, and the recipients so vulnerable, that any workshop needs to be carefully prepared and sensitively presented to avoid causing embarrassment or trauma. This includes ensuring that all course content is appropriate for the students’ ages.
Within these bounds, 2020 Dreams Sexual Bullying and Inappropriate Behaviour workshops will tackle the subject matter using a proven blend of role-play scenarios, open forum discussion and question and answer sessions. In all activities, young people will be placed at the centre, helping them to develop empathy, rehearse new skills and strategies and ultimately leave the workshop having had a memorable and enjoyable experience.
We can deliver 2020 Dreams workshops anywhere in the UK and the format is flexible enough to adapt to most circumstances. If you have a specific project or programme in place we are happy to customise our content to support it.
For your reassurance, all 2020 Dreams workshops are fully risk-assessed and our experienced facilitators have all had recent, enhanced DBS checks.