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  • Information event throws light on Safe Teens Project

    Henry James

    A PRESENTATION evening was held last night (Tuesday) to provide information on The Safe Teens Project, which was set up to help young women in West Lancashire avoid being victims of domestic abuse.

    The event was held at The Artz Centre in Skelmersdale.

    The Safe Teens Project is funded through the Home Office and is one of only 17 such initiatives currently being funded across England.

    West Lancashire Borough Council, the Liberty Centre and West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) worked together on the successful application.

    The Liberty Centre is delivering the project on behalf of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership.

    The Safe Teens Project will aim to ensure girls and young women from the age of 13-19 years old are supported and given the skills to build resilience and confidence to promote an understanding of healthy relationships and consent.

    A spokesperson from the Safe Teens Project said: “The project provides support to those involved to deal with issues including domestic abuse, sexual harassment, child sexual exploitation, and social media abuses such as cyber bullying, grooming or revenge porn to enable girls and young women to fulfil their potential and keep them safe from harm.”

    During the summer holiday The Safe Teens Project worked in partnership with the Artz Centre to deliver a programme exploring issues around teen relationships such as sexting, abuse and what makes a relationship happy and healthy.

    In additional to this the young people looked at how peer pressure and social media influences affects their mental health, self-esteem, and body image etc. The work created by the young people was showcased during the Safe Teens presentation evening.

    When the scheme was launched last August, Mike Maguire, chief officer at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “The West Lancashire Safe Teens Project is vital, as it helps to empower girls and young women to understand what is and isn’t a healthy relationship and arm them with the skills to deal with situations that they may find themselves in.”


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