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MAKING RESPECTFUL MEN - A CALL TO EDUCATORS: Bristol #ac2mBristol
Fri 24 March 2017, 09:15 – 14:00 GMT
MAKING RESPECTFUL MEN - A CALL TO EDUCATORS.
A conference on promoting Healthy & Respectful Ways of Being a Man leading to positive social change for all. This conference - third in a national series organised by A CALL TO MEN UK - is presented in partnership with Bristol Zero Tolerance.
Together, educators and youth workers (of all kinds) have an enormous potential to support the positive, healthy and respectful development of boys and young men, but are we realising this potential? How seriously do Schools, Colleges, Universities or other Youth settings take gender equality? What does gender equality and a healthy and respectful view of girls look like to a 5 year old? A 13 year old? a 19 year old? What's it like to be a girl at your institution? What kind of 'box' do we expect boys to fit into? Would phrases like 'Man Up', 'Don't run like a girl', 'Boys don't cry' go unchallenged where you work? Are they part of a spectrum that leads to serious negative outcomes for girls and women - and young men themselves?
The fact is that most domestic and sexual violence is committed by men, even though most men are not violent. We believe this is not biological or pre-ordained, it's social and cultural. So why do we allow it? Do we unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes in formative years that make violence and coercive control more likely later on? If we do, then the good news is that we can change the narrative.
MAKING RESPECTFUL MEN : A CALL TO EDUCATORS
This groundbreaking one-day conference will be a unique and unforgettable conversation-starter - for people working in all forms of education settings - around supporting the development of positive and healthy ways of being a man. We want to inspire and empower people to talk to boys and young men about what it means to be a man and how some narratives around 'masculinity' lead to harm for women and girls and - ultimately - for boys and men, too.
We want to link people, to highlight common ground between all educators and suggest ways of collaboration to effect social change through a range of progressive interventions in the lives of boys and young men.
The event will start with a welcome and mutual introductions.
We will then briefly showcase the work of agencies and schools who have been delivering the nationally-innovative programme (formerly known as Coaching Healthy & Respectful Men, now 'FREE UP') devised by A CALL TO MEN UK.
Assuming an optimum uptake the remainder of the event will provide a unique opportunity for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary practitioners - as well as a host of other settings (Youth Service, Sports, Youth Justice) where work is undertaken with boys and young men - to discuss the role each plays in supporting the development of young men. In the process of airing these perspectives we hope to establish commonality of purpose, responsibility and, ultimately, of opportunity.
PRIMARY: Positive Early Messages
SECONDARY AND OTHER (e.g. Youth Service Settings) 11-19YRS: Delivering 'Free Up'' and other initiatives.
TERTIARY/UNIVERSITY: So-called 'Lad Culture' in Uni's (and its links to Primary and Secondary) and what can be done about it by looking at that context but also by looking 'upstream' to earlier phases.
LA/EARLY HELP/ SCHOOL CONSORTIA: Creating the consciousness and infrastructure for effecting social change through targeted collaboration
YOUR ideas and suggestions will add the extra magic and will take this dialogue much further. Don't be shy!
Some comments from our recent 'A Call To Educators' conferences in Birmingham - #ac2mBrum -and Exeter - #ac2mExeter :
"The 'buzz in the room' was both reassuring and uplifting, demonstrating that change is possible." S.A. The Brymore Academy (11-18yrs)
"It was hard hitting content but people needed to see it to stop pretending that it's not happening." R.G. Devon Safeguarding Children Board
"We were able to forge some positive potential working relationships as a result of the conference." J.B. Devon Young People's Accommodation Service
"Men have to question what it means to be a man and most importantly, what we are teaching our young men!" CT, Deputy Head, Droitwich
"Thanks for today, A Call To Men UK. Lots to think about and lots to be done, lots of great provocative discussion and questioning." E.H. Nottingham Uni Post Grad student
"It was wonderful to meet so many great people, doing different kinds of powerful work to end men’s violence against women & girls" S.B. Centre for Research Into Violence and Abuse, Durham University
"Working with young men to seek out their emotions early on has been a benefit!" TP, The Arc School
" The early start [from Scotland] was well & truly justified - great afternoon at #AC2MBrum Thanks to everyone involved, hopefully see you next time!" N.C. Prison-based Mental Health Advocacy Service, Dundee
Please see our gallery of confirmed speakers below. There will be several presentations, with interactive workshops interspersed through the day. We aim for the event to have relevance both locally and beyond.
Be Safe Children's Programme (Avon and Wiltshire) Service manager / Principal Clinician
Be Safe was established in 2008 as a multi-agency partnership service which is now managed by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust. The Be Safe Service in Bristol provides assessment and therapeutic intervention services (including individual, group and family therapy intervention) to children and young people who have engaged in problematic/harmful sexual behaviour and their parents/carers, and offers advice, consultation and training to professionals. Stephen is the Principal Clinician and Service Manager for the multi-agency partnership Be Safe Service in Bristol which is managed by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Be Safe provides assessment and therapeutic intervention services to children and young people who have engaged in problematic/harmful sexual behaviour and their parents/carers, and offers advice, consultation and training to professionals. Be Safe also provides services to authorities and services outside of Bristol on a commissioned basis. Stephen has extensive experience in working with children, young people and their parents/carers within the social work, mental health and abuse field. He is a qualified social worker and psychotherapist, registered with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) and accredited as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. In 2015-16 Stephen was Topic Expert to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Committee on the development of Guidelines for working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour.
A CALL TO MEN UK
Development Coordinator. Michael has worked in formal and informal educational settings in UK and Europe for nearly twenty years. His contribution to A CALL TO MEN UK includes: creating alliances, developing learning resources for our 'Free Up' coaches to use in their programme delivery with boys and young men and representing A CALL TO MEN UK at conferences and meetings across the UK. Michael is also one of our 'Free Up' Coaches, currently delivering programmes and workshops (to teachers, youth workers, mentors and health workers in the Midlands.
Bristol Zero Tolerance
Partnerships Project Officer. Charlotte has been working in the women’s sector in the UK and internationally since 2004 with a focus on women's rights, policy and human rights. She started as Partnerships Project Officer for the Bristol Women’s Commission-led project Bristol Zero Tolerance in October 2015 coordinating the initiative and working towards Bristol becoming a city with a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. This involves campaigning and influencing around gender-based violence both locally and nationally, organising and running events and training on these issues for different audiences, as well as attending other events as a keynote speaker and trainer. Through the project she has engaged with a wide variety of organisations and institutions across Bristol to sign up and take action on this issue as well as to bring together existing work for a coordinated response and to increase awareness of gender-based violence.
Dr Finn Mackay
University of West of England
Finn is a teacher and feminist activist and writer. She's currently a Sociology lecturer and is a former youth worker where she worked with boys and young men. She's been involved with the White Ribbon Campaign and her previous career was in social policy for local government working on anti-bullying and domestic violence prevention education. She is a regular speaker and writer on feminism and male violence against women and children. In 2004 Finn founded the London Feminist Network and revived the women-only London Reclaim the Night march. She is author of the book 'Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement' published by Palgrave.
Mayor of Bristol
Marvin was born and brought up in Bristol by his mother, spending time in Lawrence Weston and Easton – two of the most deprived wards in the city. From this background Marvin went on to study in both the UK the US. He read Economic History and Politics at Swansea University, later achieving a Master’s degree in Political theory and Government. In the US Marvin attended Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania and completed a Master’s Degree in global economic development and later undertook the prestigious Yale World Fellows global leadership programme, the University's signature global leadership development initiative. Throughout his career Marvin has worked in diverse areas. Beginning at a UK international Christian aid agency and other voluntary sector roles he then developed his skills in Washington D.C. helping to organise the response of faith-based organisations to President Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Bill. His career then encompassed Public Health while working as a programme manager for
University Bath Spa / Bristol Men In Early Years Network
Co Director of the Bristol Men in Early Years Network, working towards engaging more men into early years, challenging perceptions and exploring new areas of research.
Young People from Integrate UK
Integrate UK Is An Award Winning Charity Fighting To End #FGM And Empowering #Youngpeople. Integrate UK empowers young people to participate equally in an integrated, cohesive and representative society and provides them with life changing experiences and opportunities.
Men Behaving Wisely / Constructive Conversations
Anthony has, in his career, been Chief Executive of Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, Chief Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police and adviser to governments and organisations about domestic violence partnerships. Anthony, in addition to his consultancy work is Trustee and active fundraiser for DASH http://thedashcharity.org.uk/