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RCT Youth Engagement and Participation Service
Safeguarding Week 2016 was an extremely busy week for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Youth Engagement & Participation Service as staff delivered a variety of informative and engaging sessions to young people all over the county. Highlighted below are some examples of some of the activities:
During Ponty High School’s extended provision young people participated in mental health and
bullying sessions playing games such as ‘Who am I?’ - Where the young people had to guess the celebrity based on their mental health difficulty. This also gave the young people a chance to share with each other some difficulties they have been or are facing. Ysgol Gyfun Y Cymer ran a session on cyber bullying and sexual health with a group of girls during extended provision. The session covered the dangers of social media misuse and gave the girls an awareness of how important it is to protect yourself online.
St John the Baptist R.C Comprehensive School delivered sessions on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Stereotyping (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* issues to young people. The group was very engaged and a group discussion was held that involved everyone. Young people asked questions about hormones, coming out, sexuality, gender, transitioning and more. One girl said of her time in this anti- session that: “I learnt more in an hour than I learnt all day in school!” Many of the young people took away information and approached YEP staff to ask follow-up questions and for further advice and guidance.
Further work around LGBT+ issues is ongoing, including PSE session, for example four sessions were delivered to pupils in Ysgol Llanhari, which led one young person to say, “This was the best lesson I’ve had all day, maybe ever!” During Rhondda’s extended provisions at Cymer Youth Club members of YEPS staff delivered sessions focusing on alcohol awareness, mental and sexual health, bullying, behaviour, relationships and mental health. All the young people participated and engaged fully in the activities and there were some great group discussions during the sessions. They also all mentioned how useful and informative they found the activities. Throughout the week young people seemed to be well informed as to what to do if a bullying incident occurred and who and where to go to report and obtain advice and guidance. However, it was shocking to hear that the majority of the YP had been bullied at least once, at primary school, secondary school or online. For more information and updates from the YEP Service, head to www.Wicid.TV