What is SELFIE?

Sexualisation, Exploitation, Love, Friendships, Information Empowerment (SELFIE) is an educational resource, designed by Rape Crisis, to increase young people’s access to high quality sexual violence prevention and support for young people in Darlington. The resource is designed to be adaptable to meet the specific needs of the local area and of education providers and will be facilitated by workers from The Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre – Darlington & County Durham (RSACC).

Why is the course needed?

 Nationally there is significant evidence of increasing prevalence of sexual and other violence in young people’s relationships. The use of social media and mobile technology in sexual harassment and bullying is also highlighted and becoming an increasing area of concern.

 These forms of violence also in combination with the increasing sexualisation of children and young people, including the availability of pornography, may influence young people’s perceptions of appropriate sexual behaviour.

 SELFIE enables young people to explore these issues and develop their knowledge and understanding, including considering how the Sexual Offences Act 2003 relates to sexual conduct and issues such as consent.

Who will be delivering the programme?

RSACC facilitators will deliver the programme.  RSACC has liaised directly with Darlington Borough Council Relationships Education and Sexual Health Coordinator and other local partners to ensure programmes complement, and do not duplicate, other related initiatives (such as those addressing sexual health, domestic abuse, bystander and online safety initiatives).

RSACC recognises that schools in particular have busy timetables and are often approached by third sector agencies. RSACC facilitator’s specialist knowledge and expertise ensure that young people have access to expert knowledge in a safe and supportive space, but programmes will be most effective and sustainable where RSACC liaise with schools to inform their approach to promoting gender equality and non-violence.

What will the course cover?

Sessions can be delivered as one off standalone workshops, or as part of a 7 session delivery plan. Each session lasts for an hour, and it is advisable that each session is conducted before a break or lunch period. This enables the young people to come back and discuss anything in a safe, secure and private environment.  An introductory assembly can also be arranged to introduce the subject matter and the facilitators.

Topics we cover are:

  • Gender
  • Consent (e.g. sexting and social media)
  • What is Sexual Violence (e.g. Sexualisation and Grooming)
  • Sexualisation (e.g. Stereotypes, Media and Peer Pressure)
  • Inpacts & Support
  • Social Media
  • How to Prevent Sexual Violence

We are confident that this resource will support young people to negotiate healthy, safe and respectful sexual relationships at a time that’s right for them. Quantitative and qualitative data will be gathered from young people and link professionals using standardised evaluation materials, and overall impact will also be evaluated externally.

For more information or to book a session for your school/organisation please contact Katie, our Development Worker, on Tel: 01325 354119 or

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