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Early Years work

Early Years work

The Violence Against Women and Girls team (VAAWG) at Bristol City Council have spent 7 years developing projects with early year’s settings. The focus has been on training and campaigning to raise awareness of the issues of abuse. The project lead is Alex Geen and you can contact her for more information: alex.geen@bristol.gov.uk

Overview of work in Early Years settings:

  • Training: The training is tailored to early years practitioners (including health visitors) and gives an introduction to identifying domestic abuse, how to safely discuss domestic abuse with victims, and how to provide support. This free training is 2.5 hours and delivered by a multi-agency trainers network. Course information for 2014. Contact bava@bristol.gov.uk


  • Guidance: We have developed a free toolkit for early years settings that gives advice and guidance to early years staff. To get a copy please email Alex.geen@bristol.gov.uk


  • Campaigns: The ‘Talk to Me’ campaign is available for early years settings to run at any time. This encourages parents to talk to staff about unhealthy or abusive relationships. Contact Alex Geen to arrange a free briefing session. When you sign up for the campaign you’ll also receive free campaign resources.


  • Resources: There are many leaflets and posters available through the Health Promotion library. We also have a picture book for use with under 5s called The Bright Ones and knitted Bright Ones characters for hire. All are available here.