What the Bristol Ideal award is, what your school needs to do to achieve it and why we have the Bristol Ideal award.

About the Bristol Ideal award

The Bristol Ideal award is a set of standards for schools to follow to:

  • tackle domestic and sexual violence in Bristol
  • promote healthy relationships, respect and gender equality

The standards focus on:

  • preventing domestic and sexual abuse
  • identifying and supporting pupils, families and staff who might be victims

The Bristol Ideal award is supported by Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

What you school needs to do to achieve the award

You must make changes in your school to help prevent and increase awareness of domestic abuse. This could include:

  • changes to the school's physical environment
  • making improvements to the curriculum 
  • investing in leadership and training

You must complete the award within 1 year.

Use our online system Go to https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FMJH0/ (opens new window) to:

  • see the award criteria and guidance 
  • tell us you're starting to work towards a specialist award
  • send us evidence of your work
  • track your progress
  • submit your finished work

Go to the online system
Download the pdf award criteria (985 KB) .

Guidance and resources

We have advice, training and resources, such as lesson plans and example policies, on our domestic violence and PSHE topic pages. 

Why we have the Bristol Ideal award

Schools have an important role in:

  • promoting equality, respect and healthy relationships
  • identifying children who might be living with domestic violence
  • giving children a safe place to get support

Young people consistently agree that violence prevention work should happen in the school.

It's important for schools to raise awareness and try to tackle domestic abuse because:

After you achieve the award

We'll send you:

  • a certificate
  • awards logos to use on your website or letterheads