Training Coaches to deliver the ‘FreeUp’ (promoting respect, preventing violence) : programme for boys aged 11-19.
The purpose of this initiative is to train staff from schools/organisations to deliver our 8 week educational dialogue-focused programme within their setting.
This comprehensive training is delivered as 2 x 2 consecutive days and can be facilitated throughout the UK.
The FreeUP programme has been developed for boys and young men aged 11-19 years and is designed to promote healthy and respectful relationships alongside activating student leadership in preventing teenage relationship abuse, sexual assault and bullying.
The programme trains teachers, youth workers, sports coaches and anyone with a regular contribution to make to the development of boys and young men – empowering them to unpick and challenge what it means to ‘be a man’.
To date we have trained approximately 60 coaches who deliver our programmes, or whose professional practice is informed by principles covered in our training. They are a diverse group of men and women – teachers, Teaching Assistants, Pastoral Leaders in schools and colleges, Youth Workers, sports coaches, foster parents, Early Help and Family Support staff – connected by their desire to make a positive difference.
They want to use their professional contact with boys and young men to encourage creative dialogues, to open up respectful spaces for discussion about societal messages around what it means to be a man and what expectations and restrictions that can place on young men, sometimes leading to harm for them and the women and girls in their lives.
The staff we train are almost always already employed within institutions like schools, colleges, sports clubs, social services, Youth Justice teams – we don’t parachute people in for short periods. The benefit of training embedded staff is that they are familiar faces to the boys and young men and can also contribute to gradual shifts in the culture of their own workplaces.
Here’s a sample of trainees in the last 2 years:
- Kidderminster District Youth Trust
- Durham University
- The ContinU Trust consortium of High Schools (x 7 schools)
- The Chantry High School
- Match Foster Care
- Redditch and Bromsgrove Children’s Services
- 10:32 Wyre Forest
- Action For Children Worcester City
- Warwickshire Youth Justice.