Promoting safe relationships
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) and teenage relationship abuse are a growing cause of concern and schools are increasingly being urged to cover these topics in their PSHE programmes. This page provides information about a range of resources that schools might find helpful when teaching about these issues. In addition, there is information about where school or college staff might access training and continuing professional development.





  • PSHE Association: Teaching about consent in PSHE Education at Key Stages 3 & 4

In March 2015 the PSHE Association published PSHE Association guidance on teaching about consent at key stages 3 and 4 March 2015.pdf. The guidance is split into two parts: the first is general advice for schools on teaching about consent, outlining key concepts like ‘healthy relationships’ and the legal definition of consent so that teachers are clear about it themselves. The second half provides eight lesson plans on different elements of consent, including avoiding assumptions relating to consent, the right to withdraw consent, the capacity to consent (including the impact of alcohol on consent) and challenging myths relating to consent.


  • CEOP's Thinkuknow programme 

CEOP's Thinkuknow programme provides a range of free educational resources - films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters - to professionals working with children and young people. It aims to provide educational materials that help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and off.


The Thinkuknow Toolkit is a downloadable set of lesson plans for education practitioners for use in Key Stages 3&4. The Toolkit helps transform the Thinkuknow website from a reference tool into an interactive resource. It includes clear practitioner guidance and photocopiable learning materials, with activities that promote young people to think and talk about key issues related to sex, relationships and the internet: it delivers safety messages, and encourages young people to return to the website in their own time. Topics include sexting, webcam, using social networks, inappropriate content and chatting with strangers online. 


  • Expect Respect Toolkit

This comprehensive resource is for addressing teenage relationship abuse in key stages 3,4 and 5 but offers age appropriate resources for teaching about safe and healthy relationships in key stages 1 & 2.

Women's Aid - Expect Respect  

It also includes advice for schools and teenagers on dealing with issues around teenage relationship abuse.


  • Disrespect Nobody

Disrespect Nobody is a Home Office sponsored campaign providing advice on issues relating to abuse, including signs to watch out for:  It also offers teacher guidance for pupils in Key Stage2:Laying the foundations with children aged 8-12: Disrespect Nobody Discussion Guide 8-12 year olds.pdf 


  • Rise Above

The ‘Rise Above’ website offers help for young people on how to deal with personal and societal issues. Created by young people for young people, the website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. It also encourages conversations about the key health and wellbeing issues that affect teens and young people.


‘Rise Above’ tackles topics that young people are most concerned about, such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health.


Advice for Parents

Family Lives website offers advice and guidance to parents about young people and safe relationships. It offers support about talking to young people about what healthy relationships look like and provides a useful healthy relationship checklist that parents can use with their young person. relationships

Resources for teaching about safe relationships with younger children

The NSPCC ‘PANTS’ campaign, including ‘the underwear rule’. A tool which parents and carers can use with their children to help protect them from abuse. Note: The page also offers advice and guidance for teaching the underwear rule with children in many languages, and for children with learning disabilities. It provides ‘top tips’ for starting the important conversation with children, which many parents may find difficult and the importance of being open and honest to help keep children safe.   


On-line safety guidance 


NSPCC's Online safety: helpful advice and tools to help keep children safe whenever and wherever they go online.  ‘Know it all’ e-safety resource for primary schools


Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO): CEOP's Thinkuknow programme and the NSPCC have jointly developed this online training programme for professionals to provide them with an improved understanding of the risks children face online as well as guidance on strengthening policies and procedures to protect and support children.



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