National Schools' Conference on Combatting "Honour" Based Violence
Youth for Change, IKWRO and Not in my Classroom have joined together to run the very first National Schools’ Conference on Combatting “Honour” Based Violence for safeguarding professionals, teachers, school staff and students.
Join us for a day of training, collaboration and discussion, including:
- Workshops delivered by leading experts on FGM, child and forced marriage and "honour" based violence;
- Youth advocacy workshops for students; and
- Panel session and Q&A with influential representatives from the education sector.
“So-called ‘honour-based’ violence (HBV) encompasses crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or the community, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, and practices such as breast ironing. All forms of so called HBV are abuse (regardless of the motivation) and should be handled and escalated as such. If in any doubt, staff should speak to the designated safeguarding lead. Professionals in all agencies, and individuals and groups in relevant communities, need to be alert to the possibility of a child being at risk of HBV, or already having suffered HBV.”
‘Keeping children safe in education’, Department for Education, September 2016
For many of the children at-risk of “honour” based violence, school staff will often be their one chance to be safeguarded and supported. This conference provides an opportunity to ensure all staff:
- Understand the wider context of “honour” based violence;
- Can spot the warning signs and identify when student might be at-risk; and
- Know what steps to take to ensure at-risk students are safe;
Youth for Change will be running a ‘Youth Advocacy Workshop’ designed to help you understand and discuss issues of “honour” based violence (including FGM and child, early and forced marriage). The workshop focusses on empowering you to find out more about what it means to be a youth advocate and to develop creative strategies for tackling issues you care about.