Teaching and learning resources
It is of key importance to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of coercive control and stalking. Not only will this help them to protect themselves; it is also the best way to produce a future where stalking is generally recognised for the extremely serious crime that it is, and so to ensure strong and sustained public support for the measures necessary to tackle and prevent it.
The Alice Ruggles Trust Relationship Safety Resource
The Alice Ruggles Trust Relationship Safety Resource, launched in March 2019, is a package of quality-assured teaching materials and lesson plans on stalking and coercive behaviour that are freely available to secondary teachers throughout the UK as part of the relationships aspect of the new statutory RSE strand of PSHE education.
Aimed at key stage 4 (14- to 16-year-old) students, the two lesson plans and accompanying materials promote awareness of unhealthy relationship behaviours and stalking in order to help protect young people from the potential risks in such situations. The focus throughout is on raising awareness of the steps young people can take to support their safety and emotional wellbeing whilst reinforcing that stalking and harassment are both socially unacceptable and illegal.
The resource, which has been developed in collaboration with, and quality-assured by, the PSHE Association, is being offered free to schools to help ensure that young people learn essential safeguarding information and skills in an interactive yet safe and age-appropriate way. The Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC), alongside Durham Police, have already decided to deliver the package consistently into the 63 state schools in their county.
The “UnFollowMe” video
This six-minute video is useful for highlighting—where only a limited time is available—the dangers of stalking through the powerful impact of the personal story of Alice told by her immediate family.
It was produced by Broadly UK as part of their “UnFollow Me” campaign calling for a register of stalking serial offenders. (The video contains distressing material, although not distressing images.)