Believing there to be a gap in the national curriculum, 17-year-old Cat King wants young people to be taught what’s healthy and unhealthy in a relationship.
Cat, who’s from Martock in Somerset, supports lessons in sex education, but says pupils should also learn about the emotional side of life with a partner.
She hopes to help improve understanding, enabling others to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship early on, so they can regain control and seek advice.
‘There isn’t much education on relationships,' explains Cat.
‘If anything is covered, it’s normally just the biology of sex.
‘I’ve been inspired by other people’s relationships and the phrase “if only I’d seen the warning signs”.
‘Everyone recognises that beating is abuse. However, not as many realise that controlling behaviour is abusive as well.’
With Fixers, Cat has helped create a resource pack to be used by teachers in schools.
It includes activities, lesson plans and discussion points to guide workshops on the subject of relationships.
It touches on the topic of domestic abuse and encourages young people to consider how they would react in certain scenarios.
It asks them for their interpretation of respectful behaviour and covers the relationships an individual may have with their acquaintances, family and friends, as well as with their partner.
Take a look at Cat’s resource pack ‘Healthy Relationships’ below.
‘I think it’s absolutely wonderful,’ says Cat.
‘It looks very professional and I hope schools will get on board and use it in their lessons.’
The pack incorporates other Fixers resources, including films created with the help of “Sam”, Shenola David and Laura Iles, and poster campaigns led by Shanice Burnett and Carys Hill.
Cat hopes it will be distributed and used by school teachers and youth workers across South Somerset.
‘I think it will help them to teach the topic in an effective and trustworthy way,’ she adds.
‘I hope it can empower young people to realise what is healthy and unhealthy in their relationships.’
For more information and advice on relationships, visit the Get Connected website.
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Cat’s been talking about her campaign on TV.
Watch her broadcast here.