Personal safety is a tricky issue for schools at present. Data suggests playground violence has increased since the pandemic restrictions. Fears around abduction have been heightened and the debate around rape culture is an additional pressure.
Teen Personal Safety Oxfordshire (TPSO) is a local consultancy designed to help teach young people healthy safety habits to avoid violence and abuse, both as victims and perpetrators. We offer tailored programmes to teach preparation, situational awareness and threat assessment. The knee-jerk response to ticking a self-defence box is to resort to physical defence skills … we can supply this as part of a holistic programme but our focus is very much on teen psychology, behavioural changes and ‘soft skills’ which should always make up 90% of self-protection habits.
TPSO is run by Christopher Webb and Mary Stevens. Chris served 17 years in the British Army with the Royal Engineers; completing operational tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has extensive instructional experience from his time both inside and outside the army; he holds a Level 3 Award City and Guilds in education and training; ILM Level 3 in coaching; TRIM trauma risk and incident management practitioner. He’s also a 3rd dan in karate currently running his own school) Grove Martial Arts.
Mary Stevens (MA Oxon, PGCE, Karate 3rd dan) is a full professional member of the National Federation for Personal Safety and is the owner and chief instructor of Athena Karate. She is a former secondary school teacher with over 25 years of experience with young people including project management for an NGO tackling women’s safety in India.
We can supply workshops for a variety of group sizes; can focus on anti-bullying, gender-based issues, peer pressure, or personal safety outside of the school environment.