Healthy relationship

 Tips for promoting healthy relationships

  • Encourage young people to be proud of what makes them an individual.
  • Introduce activities like peer mentoring to help young people support each other.
  • Talk about relationships that are presented in films, books or the media. Ask young people which aspects they think are healthy or unhealthy, for example independence or control. Talk about the way relationships happen online as well as offline.
  • As young people get older, discuss issues around sex and consent.

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How to talk to your child about relationships

Many parents or carers may feel awkward or uncomfortable talking to their child about relationships and sex. But there are ways you can make the conversation easier:

  • Try to find a good time to start a conversation. Pick a time when your child’s relaxed and when there aren’t other people in your family around. You might want to have the conversation in a neutral place, such as on a walk or a bike ride, or even in the car, rather than somewhere at home where you might be interrupted.
  • It can help to make the conversation relevant to something that’s happened recently. For example, if you’ve been watching a TV series or film where one of the characters is in a relationship. You could ask your child what they think about the character’s relationship and if it’s healthy or unhealthy. Or if your child’s been learning about sex and relationships education in school, you could ask them how they’re finding this or what everyone in the class thought about it.
  • Try not to rush the conversation and let your child talk to you in their own time. It can help to have several short conversations rather than trying to cover everything at once. If your child feels uncomfortable, let them know that you’re there if they want to talk to you about relationships at a different time.

Support if you’re worried about your child’s relationship

Realising that your child may be involved in an unhealthy relationship can be upsetting and worrying for parents and carers. It can also be difficult to know if something’s wrong or how to help them. We can help you to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship and know what to do if you’re worried.

Signs that a child might be in an unhealthy relationship are:

  • Becoming isolated and spending little time with family or friends.
  • Controlling behaviour, such as being told what to wear, always needing to let the person know where they are or what they’re doing or having their social media accounts monitored.
  • Feeling pressured or like they have to do things they’re uncomfortable with. This could include being pressured into sex or to send nudes or sexual images.
  • Having their money, access to food or day-to-day items controlled.
  • Being prevented from working or going to school or college or feeling reluctant to go to school.
  • Persistent changes to a child’s mood or behaviour can also be a sign that something’s wrong.
  • Being bulliedor experiencing sexual bullying, either online, in private or in front of others at home or in school.

If any of the above raises any concerns, please contact the school office on 01942 885500 or email

Supporting young people to raise awareness of gender inequalities, sexual harassment and violence

AGENDA has been designed so that 11- to 18-year-olds can explore the issues they are interested in at their own pace.

AGENDA showcases the different ways in which young people have raised awareness of how gender-based and sexual violence impacts upon their lives and the lives of others.

Issues covered include:

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“We had no idea when we first started talking about what mattered to us, that we would end up making these amazing things – and things that opened people’s minds on what sexual harassment can really feel like.”

Participant in ‘Ruler Heart’, a visual arts project about sexual harassment

“I am really pleased that we have supported this guide for children and young people as well and I hope that it will encourage you to take action and do something creative to make positive changes that will benefit you. I am sure that this will be a major step towards our goal of ultimately eradicating violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.”

Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children