The ‘Face Up’ learning resource has been a huge success following the huge amount of support and feedback we have received across Liverpool.
We have received positive comments from councillors, youth workers and leaders in community safety, having seen or used the domestic violence software with young people.
Hayley Todd, Councillor for Liverpool City Council, said: “The resource is great for those in secondary or higher education; and useful for teachers, social workers, police and emergency service providers.”
“It links current and very real issues with educational curriculum,” says Alison Doherty, Local Government Officer. “It’s helping to improve educational grades whilst getting them to think about the issues involved in domestic violence.”
Rachel Strahan, a youth worker at the Walton Youth Project, introduced ‘Face Up’ to a group of ten young women at the Street Club, based in Alsop High School.
“You could tell that it engaged them straight away. They liked the look of it, they liked what they could do with it, they liked the fact they could do it on their own, they could talk about it together.
“The film clips kept them engaged and they watched them till the end, but then they could try something different such as they could go to the Aunt Emma problem page or they could move around to other features.
“They also liked the fact that it was almost a kind of cartoony feel to it as well as the real characters played by real young people acting out the roles.
“We then came together in our group or our circle at the end, and talked about the resource about what they gained and what they’d learnt from it, and their comments were really positive.
“It was a very natural reaction they were having to it and they were able to respond to it in a really positive way.”
Domestic Violence Leaders
‘Face Up’ has also gained the approval of key figures who are tackling the issue of domestic violence in Liverpool, praising it's diversity of being a PSHE and English Language resource.
Michelle Lesbriel-Jones, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Reduction Officer, said: “I think it’s a well thought out and put together resource. I like the fact that it has a number of multi-media elements and allows for a number of learning styles.”
Jenny Ewels, Crime Prevention Officer, said: “In tackling attitudes and raising awareness and understanding amongst young people, this resource can help prevent situations escalating into domestic violence and can equip young people to avoid harmful situations.”
A number of schools across Liverpool will be introducing the domestic violence software into their English Language and PSHE curriculum this year.
To find out how you can get a copy of 'Face Up' for your school or organisation, as well as try our Agony Aunt activity for free, click here.