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Liverpool John Moores University

Tender is really excited to announce that Liverpool John Moores University is one of our new national partners.

According to the head of the new LJMU Healthy Relationships team it was not only their interest and knowledge in teaching and research that drew them to the work Tender does, but ‘their particular concern with working with marginalised groups in society’ that pushed them to apply for this partnership role.                 

Within this extensive, highly respected institute, a multi-faceted team have been formed to develop and deliver the Tender model across Merseyside. The School of Humanities and Social Science and the Centre for Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (CSCSE) will predominantly be taking ownership of Tender’s Healthy Relationships project. Members from these departments include specialists in domestic and sexual violence, human rights, gender equality and youth justice. However, the team doesn’t stop there.  This extensive pool of professionals will expand to include members from the Education, Community and Leisure departments, bringing their expertise in social work and social policy, teacher training and schools outreach work to the mix.

Dr Kay Standing, a senior lecturer in Sociology at LJMU, will be leading the team. Her proven commitment to gender equality and gender empowerment is exemplified through her research and writing on gender based violence and over fifteen years work on Women’s Studies and Gender Studies. Her work also incorporates an international focus having not only delivered domestic violence training to NGOs in Nepal but also having been involved in a project on gender empowerment in education in both Nepal and Bangladesh.

Listen to Kay talk about her reasons for wanting to become involved with the Tender Relationships project here.

Aside from the extensive expertise of the team, LJMU as a whole has an excellent track record of working in schools with links to education authorities and over 100 partner secondary schools across Merseyside. The CSCSE also ran two events in partnership with Liverpool schools and youth service, as well as a conference on policing for young people aged 13-19 in connection with Merseyside Police Authority.

With such a versatile team and such wide-ranging expertise we really look forward to seeing how the Merseyside project develops. Look out for an entry from Kay on the Tender blog in the near future.

LJMU have also written an article on the forthcoming partnership which was recently published on their website. With good exposure they have high hopes it will also receive local media coverage. This would be a brilliant start for the LJMU team, Tender and the next three years of the Merseyside Healthy Relationships project partnership.

Read the article here

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