Scheme to teach domestic abuse lessons to primary pupils may be rolled out
Lessons on domestic abuse in primary schools may be rolled out across South Wales if funding is found.
Charity Hafan Cymru's school liaison project Spectrum had only previously been used in secondary schools.
Gaynor Jones, schools resource officer for the charity, said the extended scheme had proved so successful, the aim was to use it right across Wales.
The idea comes after six sessions for 10 and 11 year olds were delivered in the two participating schools in Camarthenshire and one for parents and training for staff for six weeks.
Ms Jones said: "There are other schemes that are more therapeutic which target children who are known to be in abusive households.
"But this is the first scheme in Wales that we know of that's been delivered to children across the whole of Years 5 and 6.
"They've [the pupils] been absolutely brilliant, they've been really open, they've learnt a lot of new ideas.
"They've learnt a lot of new vocabulary and I think it's really important that we get that vocabulary out into the public domain.
"We're hearing they're discussing it with parents at home as well and that's great, we want those messages to be carried home."
Last year a third of Hafan Cymru's service users were aged 16-24, and the organisation feels that preventative work in schools is key to ending domestic abuse in communities.
But Ms Jones admits funding is the issue that could prevent the scheme being rolled out wider.
She said: "We know that teenagers are getting into abusive relationships younger and younger now.
"We're developing a peer education project with our service users in Hafan Cymru and one of those women we're working in entered her first abusive relationship when she was 13.
"So by the time children are in secondary school, it's not too late. We can still save some hopefully.
"But if we can get the message out younger, that's great."