Healthy Relationships

The relationships that children and young people form are incredibly important for their development.

They can support them to feel safe, to grow and can positively affect their mental health and wellbeing

The Importance of Healthy Relationships

All children and young people should know the importance of building healthy relationships and be able to identify those relationships that are unhealthy. PSHE in primary schools are an ideal setting to begin this teaching, building on from earlier education.

It should provide the fundamental building blocks and features of positive relationships, supporting them to understand the different types of relationships that people have. It should explore what a relationship is, what a friendship is, what family means, who the people are who can support them and provide an understanding of the features of relationships that are likely to lead to happiness and security.

It should also explore negative relationships supporting them to recognise less positive relationships when they encounter them. This may include how to keep themselves safe, how to report abuse, a focus on boundaries and privacy and that they have rights over their own bodies.

Resources for Schools on Healthy Relationships

Disrespect nobody

Teacher Guidance – Discussion guide for children aged 8 – 12

Making Sense of Relationships

NSPCC Lesson plans for key stage 2 on personal safety and healthy relationships 

expect respect

Age appropriate resources for teaching about safe and healthy relationships for key stage 1 & 2


Resources to teach children about PANTS (the Underwear Rule) and how to stay safe from abuse

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