No Joke! History

In March 2006 the Thames Valley Partnership was awarded three years funding from Comic Relief to work with three secondary schools in Oxfordshire around domestic abuse and violence prevention.  

The project also included partnership working with a variety of statutory and voluntary agencies to increase awareness of the wider implications and outcomes for children who are victims of abuse. The project worked to improve support mechanisms within a more child-centred approach and the work was supported by Oxfordshire domestic violence co-ordinator, who was closely involved in planning and delivery, the Oxford Domestic Violence Steering Group (ODVSG) as part of their integrated preventative approach, and the local domestic violence forums.

Project Aim

The aim of the project was to bring agencies together to design and deliver a whole school approach to domestic abuse and violence prevention to be piloted in three schools in Oxfordshire, with a view to influencing policy regionally. This approach links to the framework of Every Child Matters  (see Report) and tackles the varied effects of domestic abuse across a wider agenda, bringing the implications for children within the mainstream of provision for responsible authorities. The project was also to  provide cross curricular activities, peer-mentoring training, direct support work for children, awareness raising for staff, parents and governors, advice points and seeks to engage the wider local community.  Selection of schools for the pilot took place between May and July 2006, and work with the 3 selected schools started in September 2006.

Project Activity

  • Develop an across curriculum school approaches
  • Boost known protective factors including peer, family, community support, networks.
  • Address such issues as conflict resolution, healthy relationships, dating violence, internet abuse, sexual violence, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, safety planning.
  • Pilot model in three secondary schools for an academic year.
  • Negotiate enhanced support provision.
  • Engage policy makers, relevant agencies and the local community in the process.
  • Deliver educational seminars.
  • Provide comprehensive training.
  • Design resources.
  • Disseminate lessons learned and undertake evaluation.

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