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               Jade Speaks Up
     Film and Facilitator's Resource



NZ children now have a new and powerful  resource that will help them to put strong safety strategies in place to support them, should violence occur in their lives. The resource has also been welcomed by facilitators within group settings whilst presenting to parents and also to children in both schools and therapeutic settings. 


For over four years we have been the backbone of this project, bringing together funders,  community organisations​, scriptwriters, singers, animators and educators to create a truly unique New Zealand resource focused on keeping children safe around family violence.


After a collaborative character development, a story board linked with sound track, audience testing with children and adult providers, both full animation and  manual writing for digital workbooks is currently underway. We have had two amazing launch events with the first held in May at the old Waitakere Council Chambers in Henderson and then recently held in Wellington  and hosted by Minister Bennett at Parliament. Both were fantastic nights of celebration featuring performance artists from ROOTZ, singers and actors from the film and great empowering and supportive speeches. Thank you to all who made it possible.  Jade Speaks Up Launch photos Parliament

Jade Speaks Out launch interview with VFW CEO Elaine Dyer


Within this 8 minute​ film is classroom session teaching strategies to children on how to keep  themselves and others safe from violence. The story follows one 9 year old child; Jade, who is struggling with some tensions at home. The messages about strategies are accompanied by fun music and lyrics which highlight the core thoughts..." I have the right to be safe", "Breathe, Think and Do" and "Who can help me be safe?" 

Alongside this animated film are three manuals for guiding the use of this resource, one for classroom teachers/social workers for children aged 7-12, one for therapists working with family violence impacted children and the third for facilitators of parenting programmes. Other people eg stopping violence programme facilitators have also commented on the usefulness of this resource.  These are clear lesson/ session plans and extension activities, ensuring​​ that ​​the work correlates well with curriculum, and best practice around safely supporting children (or parents)  to explore the complex issues of violence. 

The resource price is $75 gst inclusive plus shipping cost. This resource will consist of two discs, the animated film and a set of lesson/ session plans and is available for purchase. To order please visit the; New Jade Speaks Up Website  admin@violencefreewaitakere.org 

When you purchase the Jade Speaks Up DVD Pack you are welcomed to join the Jade Speaks Up Community Group to share with, support and encourage other facilitators. Jade Speaks Up Community Group Facebook 


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The New Jade Speaks Up Website​ 




"Jade Speaks Out is an excellent production. Our team are finding it a great resource in their work alongside rangatahi and their whānau. It's speaks to the realities facing everyone in a family and provides very practical easy to relate to safety processes." Tim Metcalfe
 Executive Officer jigsaw whanganui​​ 







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