3rd Sep 2014
Healthy Relationships Fix On ITV
Concerned that young people don’t always understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, Cat King wants the topic taught in schools.
Her story was shown ITV News West Country (W) on Thursday 4th September.
The 17-year-old Fixer from Martock near Yeovil thinks students need to learn about the emotional side of having a partner, as well as the physical side.
‘Sex and relationship education is normally just sex education,’ says Cat.
‘You're not being taught the psychological elements – or what’s going on in your mind.
‘My project is aimed at helping to deliver a better form of sex and relationship education.’
With Fixers, Cat is producing a lesson plan to enable sessions on healthy relationships to be run in schools, colleges and youth clubs.
She hopes it will help pupils identify what is positive and negative behaviour, so they can spot problems before they escalate into something more serious.
‘The project will be successful in my eyes if young people feel prepared for happy relationships,’ Cat explains.
‘They should be confident they’re going in the right direction.’
Ali Hart from PROMISE, a youth mentoring service based in Somerset, appears in the broadcast piece in support of Cat’s campaign.
‘I think the resource will be amazingly useful,’ she says.
‘An awful lot of young people don’t have a solid enough idea of what a good relationship looks like.'
Cat adds: ‘What we really want to highlight is that within a couple there should be a nurturing and loving environment, not a constant critique of what you’re wearing or where you’re going.
'It's about supporting each other.’
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