Our Health and Social Care students were recently invited to work with the Marian Project, a non-profit voluntary organisation, on a national campaign led by ‘DARE2CARE’, the aim of which is to educate young people about the dangers of abuse, exploitation and relationship violence. The Marian Project supports those who have experienced abuse, exploitation and relationship violence.

The ‘DARE2CARE’ campaign points out that 75% of young women, aged between 11 and 21, say that they have experienced some form of sexual abuse, exploitation or relationship violence and that this has negatively affected their lives. ‘DARE2CARE’ campaigners believe it is essential therefore to educate young people, especially young females, on how to recognise and how to combat such abuse, exploitation or violence.

The session with the Marian Project focused on providing our Health and Social Care students with guidance as to how to recognise, and practical strategies as to how to best protect themselves from, abuse, exploitation and relationship violence.

Health and Social Care teacher, Anna Butterfield, who organised the collaboration between the College and the Marian Project, involving over 100 Health and Care students, commented: ‘The session was really interesting. Our students found it really thought-provoking.”

One of the students involved in the session concluded: “Everyone should learn about this.”