|Overview of KSSC|
Keep Safe Stay Cool is an early intervention program targeting young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five years using a peer education model to promote healthy relationships as opposed to domestic violence. Keep Safe Stay Cool utilises a framework of reciprocal human rights to encourage change in young people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviours regarding interpersonal relationships. The program aims to encourage the understanding of mutual responsibilities with a view to reducing the incidence and tolerance of domestic violence.
After extensive training, which includes information and skill development, Peer Educators of both genders design and present series of interactive sessions to high school classes and youth groups. The Peer Educators work in mixed gender pairs to present to mixed gender classes. Keep Safe Stay Cool is an education program, not a therapeutic program. However, there are indicators that it has value for young people who are dealing with issues of abuse.
Key Elements of Keep Safe Stay Cool
Young people of both genders from varied backgrounds are recruited as Peer Educators. This brings different perspectives and promotes cooperation rather than challenge. The complexities of causal factors of domestic violence are addressed in training. Historic, societal, political, familial, media, gender roles, stereotyping and power issues are addressed. All facets of healthy relationships and of domestic violence are considered.
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