Following months of consultation with young people across Liverpool, the Young Advisors – a group of the city’s teenagers have created a series of eye-catching posters and videos, to help their peers.
Using simple explainers, graphics and examples of good practice, the posters and videos share important messages and advice on what consent looks like; information on how to move on from negative relationships and experiences and learning to listen to your body.
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Lead for Social Care and Health, Cllr Frazer Lake said “I’m very proud of the Young Advisors and the impact they are making. Learning about consent and healthy relationships when we’re young is vital. It not only helps to keep children and young people safe, but also shows that relationships should be mutually respectful and positive.
“With the help of the NSPCC and Liverpool Safeguarding Partnership, the Young Advisors are getting these incredibly important resources into schools, youth clubs and other organisations – reaching as many young people as possible.”
Aimee Hadwin, one of the young people leading the project, said: “These lessons are so important, and we want to do our bit to make sure messages about consent and healthy relationships are seen by as many young people as possible.
“In the digital age knowing this is especially vital. We want to hear from young people across the region and feel the material we have created gets the information across in a clear and concise manner.”
Mubashar Khaliq, NSPCC Campaigns Manager for the North West, said: “The work these young people have done is truly incredible.
“To see how they communicated such sensitive subject matters was an inspiration. These are such important conversations to be having with young people.
“It is vital that young people understand what a healthy relationship is, what is meant by consent and their right to say no and where to turn if something happens that makes them feel uncomfortable.”
The Young Advisors who designed the posters and videos will now get feedback from school pupils on the resources, to find out what works – and what could be changed.
They are also interested in knowing what the young people already knew about consent, sexual abuse and healthy relationships before seeing the messaging.