Lancs Police raise awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people November 7th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Police raise awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people LANCASHIRE Constabulary is continuing its drive to raise awareness of domestic abuse among young people. The force and Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA) have been speaking with pupils at Shakespeare Primary School in Fleetwood about the issue after the school took part in a poster competition. The Year 5 pupils were asked to design a poster encouraging young people to speak to an adult they trust if they were experiencing problems and needed support. Detective Chief Inspector Sue Cawley, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We’re currently doing a lot of work with regards to young people and domestic abuse. It’s really important that young people understand what abuse is and what support and advice is available to them. “Young people may suffer abuse without even realising it and it’s important that they learn what constitutes a healthy relationship. We hope that by talking to young people about this issue we can give them to confidence to seek help if they need it, but also to prevent people from becoming abusive. “We appreciate these pupils are young, but by asking them to design a poster we hope it has prompted them to think about domestic abuse and what a healthy relationship means to them.” Claire Jackson, a Domestic Violence and Social Media Worker from FCWA, said: “For too many children and young people, home is far from a safe haven. Many children of different ages are exposed to domestic abuse. “Children can live with it for many years before seeking help or realising that this isn’t what a healthy relationship is like. This can have a powerful and profound impact on their lives. Raising awareness amongst children and young people is key in order to help them live a life free from abuse and to help break the cycle.” The work at Shakespeare Primary School comes on the back of the launch of the Healthy Relationships Champions pilot scheme at Lytham St. Annes Technology and Performing Arts College which was initiated by Lancashire Constabulary and FCWA. The scheme aims to raise awareness and provide support via a network of student mentors recruited from the school’s sixth form. Ten students were selected following a recruitment drive at the school and received training from both the police and FCWA. They will receive on-going support, advice and training to enable them to provide advice to potential victims. They will help to define healthy relationships amongst their immediate peer group and amongst the younger students within the school community. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!