Year 8 - Healthy Relationships
Christ Church Academy is committed to educating young people about healthy relationships. We also know it is crucial to alert them to the risks of exploitative relationships, and ensure they know where to get help if they need it.
As part of teaching your child about healthy relationships, they will view and discuss a film called Exploited, which has been produced by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command). CEOP is part of the National Crime Agency, and its role is to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.
The film aims to help young people learn:
- That in a good relationship, both people want what’s best for each other.
- That some people make you think they are your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, but really they are using you e.g. for money, status or sex.
- That some people make young people feel special (e.g. giving them gifts or paying them compliments) in order to gain control over them.
- That some people use pressure and threats to try to gain control over others.
- How to tell when a situation is unsafe, and set boundaries about what you do and don't want to do.
- How to tell if someone wants a relationship with you for the right or wrong reasons.
- That there are many people who can support you if you feel at risk, including teachers, parents/carers, and organisations like CEOP and Childline.
Help keep your child safe from exploitative relationships
As a parent/carer, you have a vital part to play in helping your child stay safe in relationships. We would encourage you to discuss this film and its key messages with your child to keep them safer in future.
- Ask your child what they thought of the film and what they thought its main messages were.
- Emphasise that if someone is treated badly in a friendship or relationship, it is NEVER their fault.
- Tell them that they can always talk to you about any worries they have.
For more support with helping your child stay safe in relationships, sex and the internet, visit CEOP’s website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Access information and resources for parents and carers on keeping your child safer online including conversation starters and video guides.
If you are concerned about your child’s safety...
If you are worried that your child is in a harmful relationship, please consider contacting Mrs Thorn at CCA to share your concerns.
If your child is at direct risk of being sexually exploited, you should report this to the police, or report to CEOP by visiting thinkuknow.co.uk and clicking on the Click CEOP button, pictured.
Mrs C Thomas
Associate Assistant Principal/Head of PSHE
Christ Church Academy
Tele : 01785 334 900
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Web : christchurchacademy.co.uk
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