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Surrey PCC given Home Office funding for teacher training in VAWG

The funding will go towards a three day training programme which schools can apply for.

Schools across Surrey will have access to a three-day VAWG training programme, thanks to funding from the OPCC.

The programme, which will begin in March, features specialist training for teachers delivering Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.

Teachers will join key partners from both Surrey Police and domestic abuse services to address effective teaching and learning within PSHE as well as opportunities to work with other organisations.

They will be given support to reduce students’ risk of becoming either victim or abuser and be able to deliver better quality relationships, sex and health education – with a focus on consent, assertiveness and conflict resolution.

It comes after PCC Lisa Townsend’s team secured almost £1m from the Home Office’s What Works Fund (to tackle VAWG).

The funding will cover programme materials and certification as well as training venues. Participating schools will also receive £180 a day towards supply cover for the full three days.

PCC Townsend said: “I believe this training will help end the scourge of violence against women and girls by encouraging young people to see their own worth.

“I hope it will support them to lead fulfilling lives, long after they leave the classroom.

“This funding will also help join the dots between schools and other services in Surrey. We want to ensure greater unity across the entire system, so those who need help can always be sure they’ll get it.”

Funding from the programme is in place until 2025.

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