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Workshops

Workshops

Charges for courses

Courses/workshops are structured in a way to support people, organisations and agencies in dealing with any issue with regards to sexual violence, to give people confidence in how to deal appropriately with disclosures and to engage effectively with survivors so they feel able to ‘tell their story’ and ask for help.

We also advise how to be informed with regards to confidentiality, how to prioritise safety, know your boundaries in what you are able to offer as intervention and to allow time in order to be able to listen.

As schools and youth groups are so diverse and have different demands, our courses can be tailored in accordance with cost and need. As a charity, it is essential for the organisation to cover costs and resources. Costs must be agreed and contracted prior to bespoke courses being created and delivered.

Courses for young people

RASA aims to empower young people giving them the skills and knowledge to interact safely in today’s society. Using games, drama and thought provoking scenarios we offer the following workshops tailored specifically for different age groups.

RASA provides bespoke courses and workshops for:

- Primary

- Secondary

- Sixth Form Students

Primary

Let’s Talk P.A.N.T.S.

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember: your body belongs to you
  • No means no 
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up; someone can help

The NSPCC Underwear Rule is a really effective way of reinforcing the message of ‘how to stay safe’ without feeling scary. RASA aims to raise awareness through providing an interactive workshop using games, props and fun to

highlight the following very important issues:

  • The importance of staying safe
  • Secrets shouldn’t feel bad and they should always be shared in the end
  • You have a right to say ‘no’
  • Whatever happens, it’s not your fault
  • Who can we trust?

Talking ‘P.A.N.T.S.’ in a light-hearted, simple way will help to keep our children safe.

Bullying

This workshop uses games and drama to break down barriers and look closely at the causes and the effects of bullying. Being called names or teased, kicked or slapped, threatened or intimidated, ignored or humiliated, having rumours spread about you, having possessions taken from you can all have a detrimental effect to health and wellbeing. Children who suffer any of these on a regular basis will be unable to function fully, be happy and give of their best, instead they will feel anxious, depressed, worthless, scared and lonely.

We will also look at why people bully - what might be going on in their lives that they feel is beyond their control?

Together we can combat bullying in your environment for good!

Secondary

Child Sexual Exploitation (assembly)

Assembly with PowerPoint highlighting:

  • What is CSE?
  • How can CSE happen?
  • Where to go for help/How to access support

This assembly has been delivered to 10 Senior Schools in Sefton. Some of the feedback received has been as follows:

  1. The use of Lego meant it was appropriate for all students, the delivery was also very good. The use of a script meant nothing was forgotten about.
  2. Presentation was very clear and age appropriate. Pupils responded well and interest was held.
  3. The information given was clear, concise and coherent. It was delivered in a way that was easy for students to understand but to also appreciate the importance of the topic.
  4. They were clear and hard hitting without being scary and clearly got the message across.
  5. Students and staff have heightened awareness and understanding.
  6. Very important topic! Very useful for our students.
  7. Pupils are talking about the assembly and some issues have been brought to light. Awareness of CSE increased and pupils better equipped to protect themselves.
  8. In light of the large increase in cases of CSE across the country, I think it is necessary to make students aware and their parents of the dangers that CSE presents.
  9. I feel they are an extremely good way of imparting vital information in an impersonal and non-threatening manner.
  10. I have asked that RASA return (Lois Arch) in September/October to speak with New Year 7 intake.
  11. Preparation and contact prior to session was excellent.
  12. I would hope that they will now become an integral part of our PSHE curriculum.
  13. I think they should be done with each year 7 and with some sort of update for years 8 upwards.
  14. It is useful for all schools.
  15. Yes this is something all students in Merseyside should see.
  16. Having experienced the delivery today I would have no hesitation in recommending this assembly to other schools.
  17. The assemblies were very informative and taught both staff and students the dangers of CSE and how to get help.
  18. The topics need to be covered. I think this has more impact given by an outside provider.

Positive Relationships

This workshop is divided into three sections that can be completed as a whole package or individually.

Healthy Relationships

This workshop will explore the effect of positive and negative comments, how we feel inside when we're surrounded with negativity, how what we say to each other and how we say it does matter, how to be a good friend and how to be positive instead of negative.

Sexual/Physical Abuse

Using games, DVD clips and drama, we aim to explore the issues regarding why young people find it hard to say "no", how to build healthy relationships which in turn will lead to positive sexual relationships when ready and how to increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

Self-confidence and Self-esteem

We don't have to look far in today's society to understand that the media plays a large part in how young people feel about themselves. Young people who are bullied either at school or at home can suffer from low self-esteem and are therefore more likely to enter into abusive relationships.

We hope to encourage young people, so they feel able to make their own choices and not feel pressured by others, to understand what effect negative relationships can have on their health and wellbeing, and to realise that peer-pressure can damage self-esteem.

We feel these three workshops work hand-in-hand with each other. If we have positive relationships and are good to one another, we are less likely to feel under pressure, suffer abuse and lack self-esteem. Instead, we can be good friends, be positive and accepting of each other, and ensure that we all grow with more confidence and healthy self-esteem, thereby having a more fulfilling life!

Sounds easy? It isn't - but our positive relationships workshop is a first exciting step in reaching out to young people to try to make 'everyday life' more bearable and to give a real understanding of what is and what isn't acceptable in all relationships.

Cyberbullying

This workshop focuses on young people and their use of technology to abuse others. Young people are completely at ease with technology. The majority have access to their own computer and mobile phone, and view them as a 'life line'. If that 'life line' is used to abuse and hurt another person, it can have catastrophic results.

Cyberbullying is when a young person is threatened, harassed, tormented, humiliated and embarrassed by another young person via the internet, mobile phones or other interactive and digital technologies. Through creative drama, we will explore the effects of cyberbullying, addressing the various issues connected to this problem, e.g. motives, and how the nature of cyberbullying can differ dramatically and therefore a thorough understanding of 'why' this abuse has taken place in the first instance is imperative.

Sexting

Young people regularly share pictures, photos and videos online. Modern technology has made it really easy to be able to do this and posting images etc. to social networking sites has become second nature. This workshop explores the dangers of taking inappropriate pictures or film clips and then sending them to others, whether the young person is under pressure to do so or because they have chosen to do so. Once images have been forwarded the initial ‘sender’ has no control over that image. They are lost forever and can easily be posted online by others - there to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people, including future employers and mums and dads!

We will look at the pressures young people face, how they find it hard to stand up and say ‘no’ to someone who is pressurising them for a naked image and the consequences of not having the confidence to say ‘on yer bike’!

Young people are very vulnerable and sexting can lead to bullying and unwanted harassment from people they know or people they don’t know. It is important to tackle this subject sensitively and to ensure that young people are aware of the risks involved and are able to make informed choices.

RASA also provides courses for:

- Professionals

- Parents/Carers

Professionals

Bespoke Workshops for Professional Groups

RASA will design a course to meet the needs of the professional group.

The workshop material we would typically be asked to deliver will often include:

  • Awareness raising around issues relating to sexual violence
  • Attitudes, Myths and truths
  • What is sexual violence?
  • Effects and impact of sexual violence
  • The question of Consent
  • Legal definitions
  • Warning signs
  • Healthy relationships
  • Dealing with disclosures of sexual abuse/violence

The workshop will be led by facilitators who will invite delegates to challenge their long-standing beliefs and perceptions. Open discussion and debate is encouraged and any of the areas can be further explored and developed as needed.

How to Respond to Disclosures

This training workshop is specifically for services that are looking to support survivors appropriately, gaining an understanding with regards to what sexual violence is, how it impacts the individual and how they may present due to their experiences and best practice with how to respond to any disclosures made. This training has been delivered to various services including Universities, Social Services, NHS and other support services, the training covers the following:

  • What is Sexual Violence
  • The barriers to disclosure
  • Responding to Disclosure
  • Impact of Sexual Violence
  • Window of Tolerance
  • Impact on the worker / Self Care

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

This workshop is specifically designed for professionals, youth leaders, teachers and other adults who interact/work with young people. RASA aim to increase your awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) as a form of sexual violence and enable you to identify vulnerability and risk factors in children and young people.

The course covers the following:

  • Gain an understanding of the definition of Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • The issue of consent.
  • Recognise typical indicators of sexual exploitation in children and young people.
  • An understanding of the grooming process.
  • Understand and explore the vulnerabilities that lead to CSE.
  • Be able to identify Children and Young People who may be at risk.
  • Explore marginalised young people and help seeking patterns.
  • Discuss ways in which to communicate and engage with vulnerable young people.
  • The Impact of trauma/sexual violence.
  • Coping strategies for survivors.
  • Encouraging and responding to disclosures from young people.
  • Where to signpost next!

Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking

More than 5000 children are being forced to work as sex slaves in the UK. 300,000 people are trafficked within the EU every year.

This workshop highlights the vulnerability of young people and how they can be exploited through coercion, deception, use of force, or threats. We will touch on modern slavery in all its forms, sexual, labour, domestic servitude and will look deeper into how young people today are enticed or used for some or all of these.

Young girls who are forced to have sex and whose families are threatened if they do not obey are victims of modern slavery. They are taken from location to location, effectively being trafficked from area to area. Just because these young victims return home at the end of the evening does not mean that they are not victims of human trafficking. We will sensitively explore this subject, promote safety and look at the ‘Indicators’ of trafficking so people are able to recognise dangers when they arise. 

Female Genital Mutilation Raising Awareness Workshop

Worldwide, about 140 million girls and women are currently living with the consequences of FGM - Female Genital Mutilation also known as female genital cutting.

This workshop aims to highlight the dangerous and most outrageous act of FGM. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls aged between infancy and 15 years of age. According to the World Health Organisation, FGM refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia and can also include other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has absolutely no health benefits and is harmful to females in various ways. A complex range of social and cultural reasons are given to justify this act and the immediate and long term health consequences include, haemorrhaging, infection as well as difficulties during childbirth.

This workshop will explore why this is happening and how religion and other reasons are given as justification. We will explore the ‘grey area’ between legality and criminalisation and the social effects of this procedure which denies millions of young females their human right to say ‘no’.

Forced Marriage Raising Awareness Workshop 

Forced Marriage “is a marriage conducted without the consent of both parties, where duress is a factor”. Why does early and forced marriage happen? What are the consequences?

This workshop will look at the issues around early and forced marriage, the detrimental effects on young people as well as the debilitating effects on society.

We will explore key motives identified for Forced Marriage such as:

  • Controlling sexual behaviour (including perceived promiscuity or being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender); particularly the behaviour and sexuality of women.
  • Controlling alcohol and drug use.
  • Wearing make-up or behaving in what is perceived to be a “westernised manner”.
  • Preventing “unsuitable” relationships, e.g. outside the ethnic, cultural, religious or caste group.
  • Protecting family honour.
  • Responding to peer group or family pressure.
  • Attempting to strengthen family links.

And many more…

Sexual Violence 

In the UK a woman is assaulted in her home every six seconds…

Forced Marriage “is a marriage conducted without the consent of both parties, where duress is a factor”. Why does early and forced marriage happen? What are the consequences?

In any one year, there are 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence against women from partners or former partners. Research shows that it can affect one in four women in their lifetimes, regardless of age, social class, race, disability or lifestyle.

All forms of sexual violence – psychological, economic, emotional, sexual and physical – come from the abuser’s desire for power and control over other family members or intimate partners. Although every situation is unique, there are common factors involved.

This workshop looks at the myths of sexual violence as well as exploring the following:
● What are the signs of sexual violence?
● Why do abusers do what they do?
● Why do women stay with their abuser?
● The effects of abuse on all family members
● What can we do to combat sexual violence?


“Every 3 days a woman is killed by her partner or husband in the UK and every week 10 women take their own lives as the only way they know how to escape a violent partner."

Stalking 

Nearly 5 million women, over a quarter of the female population, said they had experience of being stalked.

Social media is making it even easier for stalkers to follow and track their victims, accessing the online activities of the targeted person they are able to gain entry into that person’s life. For a large number of people it isn’t the stranger accessing their Twitter account that is of concern but people in their own family, an ex-husband, boyfriend or even a work colleague.

Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted behaviour that can happen with or without the
threat of violence. Whatever the case, stalking is UNACCEPTABLE.

This workshop will analyse the effects of this crime on the victim, how it can lead to anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder as well as affecting social and work life, we will also explore the potential escalation to physical and sexual violence.

Stalking is both a psychological and a physical crime.

Parents/Carers

'Parents Protect!' Course (Stop It Now)*

The 'Parents Protect!' workshop helps to raise public awareness about child sexual abuse.

Stories in the media, coupled with misunderstandings about child sexual abuse often make us feel that it is inevitable. While the media portrays sexual abusers as monsters, strangers who we do not know, the reality is that children are most likely to be abused by people we and they know - family members, friends of the family, or people they know in the community.

Youngsters are immediately safer when adults:

  • Understand the potential risks
  • Recognise signs of possible abuse in children
  • Are aware of inappropriate behaviour in adults
  • Know preventative measures to take
  • Know where to go for help with any concerns

Some comments from parents and carers who have attended the workshop:

  • "The presentation has built up my confidence about how to keep my children safe from sexual abuse."
  • "Very useful training. I'm pleased I had the chance to learn how to protect my children."
  • "Very informative and well presented. It made me think more about what signs to look out for."
  • "Thank you for raising awareness of this difficult issue and providing this workshop. I only wish all parents and carers had access to this course."

*Free to carers and parents - donation requested from professionals

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