Make learning about domestic abuse and coercive control mandatory in Sixth Form.

Make learning about domestic abuse and coercive control mandatory in Sixth Form.

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Faustine Petron started this petition to Department of Education and

This petition and campaign calls on the government to make learning about domestic violence, healthy relationships and coercive control a mandatory teaching requirement in all state sixth forms and colleges that teach 16-19-year-olds, to ensure that our young people are able to identify the early signs of abuse, and seek the relevant support. 

My name is Faustine, I am a university student and survivor of domestic violence and harassment. If I had been provided with the adequate education surrounding the early warning signs of domestic violence, I could have potentially avoided what I suffered. 

Teaching on domestic violence and healthy relationships is a compulsory part of the Relationships and Sex Education curriculum in all state secondary schools. This covers Year 7 to Year 11, also known as Key Stage 4 (KS4). However, the current model completely ignores sixth formers, apprenticeship students and college students, as it is currently not a mandatory requirement for domestic violence to be taught beyond KS4 level. Students aged 16-19 are at a crucial and vulnerable age in their lives and therefore must be offered comprehensive lessons on these topics, as well as signposted to local support services.

According to a report published by the Office for National Statistics in 2019, two women per week are killed by a former partner, and according to the charity ManKind, 1/6 men will experience domestic abuse in England and Wales. 

Sixth forms and colleges have a duty of care to protect their students of all gender identities and backgrounds from falling into the vicious cycle of perpetrating or receiving abuse. 

Education on domestic abuse saves lives, and prevention is the most effective solution to the problem. 

Please sign this petition to help protect all of Britain’s youth, as domestic violence does not discriminate.

 

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