Schools, Colleges, Neet education and Apprenticeships

Following our achievement of the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) at the beginning of 2017  RJ Working's Board of Directors decided to prioritise work with young people, in and out of school / college.  We will train and develop young people to work with us in a variety of ways.  These include making use of film and drama.

In 2017 we will be  working with ten of Cornwall's Schools and Colleges to train young people to become Restorative Practitioners with support in their communities. News of this work will be shared via regular posts and updates.

There will be a particular focus on prejudice and discrimination and what this means to young people -  what they are facing and what they need to tackle these issues while growing up in Cornwall. We are looking forward to sharing this work with  other organisations who support young people in and out of school.

In November 2016 we launched a Cornwall-wide Anti Bullying Survey for all of young people aged 11 to 19.   This was based on our partnership with Project Salus who have been working in this field for many years, and run the largest Anti-Bullying Survey in Europe.

The survey will be repeated in 2017, again launched in national Anti Bullying week, so that young people can be properly consulted and have their voices heard on this important issue.

In 2016 the theme of national Anti Bullying week was Power for Good

The key aims are:

  • To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful  and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
  • To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.
  • To encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their Power for Good – by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.

You can click here to view a sample county-wide report from 2014-2015.

Watch a short animated film about being an Upstander below: