Staff from Hafan Cymru today delivered an informative session of their ground breaking Spectrum programme to MPs and senior officials following an invitation by Carolyn Harris MP to the House of Commons.
Spectrum which is funded by Welsh Government, began in 2005 and is delivered in schools across Wales. Since 2014 alone Spectrum resources have helped to educate 47,335 children and young people, trained 2340 teaching staff and been delivered in 546 different schools across Wales. Participants learn of the negative consequences of abuse and how to form lasting, healthy relationships.
Also in attendance with MPs today were senior representatives of children’s organisations Barnardo’s and the NSPCC; Jan Pickles, Wales Independent National Safeguarding Advisor and Rhian Bowen-Davies National Advisor of VAWDA&SV.
Carolyn Harris MP said: “I am honoured to be able to host these organisations in the House of Commons today and showcase the remarkable work they do. It is imperative that every school has access to the resources discussed today. If just one child is saved from potential sexual exploitation in the future as a result of today’s event I will call it a success”.
Sian Allen, Hafan Cymru’s Spectrum School Liaison Officer for Swansea, Neath Port Talbot said: “Spectrum aims to empower young people with the skills to recognise and develop respectful, healthy relationships with others. Prevention is key and the earlier in life this intervention can occur the better the result.”