In an ideal world, young people wouldn’t become victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. We’d live in a city free from trafficking, forced marriage, honour crimes, FGM, sexual exploitation and sexual harassment.
In an Ideal world, young people would be taught about healthy, respectful relationships throughout their educational journey and be equipped with the skills and confidence to stand up to the pressures they face, from their peers, partners or external sources like pornography or online grooming.
In an Ideal world, children and young people would be protected by school policies, their teachers would be well trained on these issues, and they’d confidently signpost pupils to support services as and when needed.
In Bristol we are taking a radical step in the way we tackle domestic and sexual violence. Our focus is firmly on prevention, looking at the crucial role schools could play.
As such, we have created a set of standards for schools to aspire to called The Bristol Ideal. The standards are based on what we know will make a lasting impact on preventing domestic and sexual abuse while supporting pupils and staff who might be victims.
Once achieved, schools will receive The Bristol Ideal award.
Contact the Bristol Ideal team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or support.