Jade Speaks Up
Children deserve to have safe childhoods.
Children are vulnerable when adults are stressed or angry. Jade Speaks Up provides schools and communities with processes and resources to support children to articulate what is happening and seek appropriate help.
When children grow in a environment where violence in its many forms is part of their day by day experience, their brains and biology are impacted. Children’s capacity to learn is compromised.
In the current situation of the post-Covid rahui in New Zealand children are witnessing extra stressors on parents. Children have levels of anxiety around the health of people in their family, finances if jobs are in jeopardy and the security of their home if in rental situations. These stressors can also lead to heated arguments which children witness.
Dr Paul Woods, New Zealand psychologist and author of How to Escape from Prison places importance on the need for all children to learn emotional literacy. In an interview for the New Zealand Listener, Dr Woods stated: ‘If I had the power, and the Jacinda magic wand, I would introduce emotional literacy as an across-the-board topic within the curriculum at primary schools. That would be the ultimate ambulance at the top of the cliff, and it would begin to address our rates of suicide, violent crime, criminal offending and drug abuse that occur later in life'.
As an in-school programme Jade Speaks Up is dedicated to providing children with abilities to cope, speak up and keep safe.
Thank you for telling me about and introducing me to the Jade Speaks Up Programme. As a family law barrister, I have seen the consequences of family violence and unresolved conflict in many family/whanau and other relationship situations. I have witnessed the distress and damage caused to children and understand how seriously this can impact their development and future wellbeing.I… Read more “Deborah Sim”
I attended the “Jade Speaks Up” training at Kaitangata Primary School in January 2020.
This primary school is one I am assigned to in the Clutha District as a Public Health Nurse and so I know the school and community well.
At the end of 2019 it became evident that the school was having to manage and help… Read more “Lisa Sell”
I have been waiting 6 years for a programme like this that addresses the high needs in our school , impacted by the triple trauma of earthquake, shootings and Covid-19. The JSU programme uniquely caters for all, including the students with complex needs, those with trauma, and those in stable home lives. The programme allows all to participate and shine.
Jade Speaks Up makes it OK for letting students at risk know that they are not the only one living in these situations and the programme is really good for opening up the students to the opportunities to tell their stories
JSU captures children who otherwise wouldn’t come to the attention of services. It is a non-identifying approach for whole classes to open up issues. It is a great opportunity to find out about how all domains are for children who can present as if everything is ok in their life
Creating the resource Jade Speaks up was a real community effort ably led by Elaine Dyer and her team at Violence Free Waitakere, bringing together expertise from across the West Auckland Family Violence Sector. Family Action was pleased to have been involved in the co-creation of the resource from inception. The clinical team use Jade Speaks Up extensively within the… Read more “Michelle Clayton and Linda Cooper”
I just had to put pen to paper to express my gratitude to you for the extraordinary programme that you have created. Jade Speaks Up is very different to any health programme that we have ever had anything to do with because it is holistic, emotionally intelligent and authentic for each who participates in it.
The depth, breadth and… Read more “Eve Tonkin”
Jade Speaks Up is the programme with an explicit focus on keeping safe and Waikowhai Intermediate is embedding JSU into our delivery of the Health curriculum. JSU brings classes together and teachers see the improvements in student language to deal with issues. The programme fits very well culturally with the demographic of the school. It fits very well being woven… Read more “David King”
New Zealand has exceptionally high rates of family violence and child abuse compared to the rest of the world. Even if not physically assaulted, violence is profoundly harmful to children in the short- and long-term. The cost to our society and economy is enormous. Māori are over-represented among both perpetrators and victims. Family violence is our national shame. There are… Read more “Dr Russell Wills”
I highly recommend the training for any group that is going to deliver Jade Speaks Up. It’s an opportunity for the team to learn together and have a shared understanding of the content and process. It will only strengthen the team to deliver a success programme. Andrea and Elaine were approachable and friendly facilitators, it made the learning easy and… Read more “Jennifer Martinez”