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FRIEND OR FOE – WHO CAN YOU TRUST?
Taking Stock is a Sheffield-based specialist service working with sexually exploited young people, and has been delivering prevention workshops within schools and community settings since 2003. As a result of these workshops, and the one-to-one support given to young people identified as at risk of, or involved in, sexual exploitation, it became apparent that there was a need for a more intensive programme aimed at ALL young people, not just those thought to be most vulnerable.
It was important to be able to raise the issue of sexual exploitation in a way that was relevant to all young people. It was therefore necessary for the primary focus to shift away from sexual relationships. For young people to be able to identify a potentially ‘risky’ association, they need an opportunity to explore the characteristics that make up a positive relationship.
The Friend or Foe education resource was developed to help schools and other settings explore positive and negative relationships, peer pressure and sexual exploitation. Originally launched in 2006 the pack has been widely used in local secondary schools and was cited as good practice in the Home Office funded Sex Education Forum Factsheet 37 (Sex Education Forum October 2006).
The pack was revised in March 2009 to include a number of new exercises addressing the risks associated with new technologies, and materials aimed at increasing knowledge and confidence of staff involved in delivery.
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