The CRUSH Project in Sussex

the CRUSH project

CRUSH is an educational programme for any young person whether or not they have experienced domestic abuse personally. CRUSH is delivered into secondary schools and sessions are adapted to school requirements. It is designed to compliment the subject matter around healthy relationships and gender bullying/stereotyping. It links well to PSHE curriculums within schools. It is suitable for both male and females and explores gender mix relationships.

How CRUSH is delivered

We are currently able to deliver 4 lessons to every class in year 9 and above.
Lesson 1 – we look at Relationships and self-esteem
Lesson 2 – We explore what is abuse in relationships and where to get help
Lesson 3 – We find out where our beliefs come from looking at history and what our Rights and responsibilities are in relationships                              
Lesson 4 – Spiralling.  This lesson can be a stand-alone lesson or can be added onto the end of the previous 3 lessons. Spiralling is a 20-minute DVD about two Young people and follows how their relationship develops into an abusive one, it looks at excuses, and warning signs where to get help.
The lessons are interactive and fun and we use lots of mediums to get our message across.  We use six characters, all with different scenarios of abuse, to help the young people understand the different types of abuse that can occur within relationships.  
We are also currently developing a series of 2 lessons for years 7 and 8 and will have more information shortly.
We are able to offer assemblies to whole school, year groups or chapters.
The aim of the assemblies is to raise awareness of relationship abuse, myths that surround it and where you can get help from.
We believe that knowledge is power and the more the young people know about what relationship abuse looks like, the healthier Choices they are able to make.
We try to make the assemblies as interactive and fun as possible whilst giving as much information as we can.

The GREAT Project

GREAT Project

The GREAT Project is a fun, interactive and educational healthy relationship and domestic abuse awareness programme for year five and six pupils. It is designed to complement key stage 2 Personal, Social and Emotional Curriculum, covering topics such as healthy relationships, defining domestic abuse, reasons and excuses and respecting each other.  The GREAT Project aims to raise awareness about domestic abuse, improve access to support services. Educate to change attitudes to prevent future domestic abuse incidents. The programme is completely age appropriate.
The GREAT Project is a 4 x 2-hour session project designed to promote healthy relationships and raise awareness about domestic abuse to year 5 and 6 pupils. Session topics are:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Defining Domestic Abuse
  • Excuses and Choices

The GREAT Project is complimented by a teacher twilight session and a pupil graduation following the completion of the project.
The GREAT Project has been developed in response to the disturbing fact that 1 in 10 children are living with domestic violence. It has been designed to reduce the devastating impact that domestic violence so very often has on the lives of children, including poor attainment in education.
The GREAT Project enables primary school children to gain knowledge about healthy relationships, to explore what domestic violence is and to know where to go for help and support.
The GREAT Project resources are interesting, colourful, interactive and take into account visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. The resources are accessible for a range of abilities and are designed to enable pupils to retain, remember and recall the information.
The GREAT Project has been designed to enable a sensitive approach to the delivery of a specialist topic.

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