We-Consent is a new long-term national programme to inform, educate and engage with all members of our society about consent.
- We want to work together to strengthen understanding of consent.
- To learn more about each other’s experiences.
- To support everyone to have important conversations and to play their part in building a society where everybody values consent.
What is Consent?
Consent is a freely given, voluntary agreement between people that allows each individual to decide what they want and do not want and to have that respected.
For Consent to be meaningful it must be;
- Freely given – Not pressured, forced or coerced
- Specific to each act – Consent to one thing is not consent for anything else – you can change your mind at any time
- Specific to each time – Consent in the past does not mean consent now or in the future
- Consent requires free will, real choices and capacity to decide
- Consent needs personal agency and safety, ability to express your own likes and dislikes, and that your choices are heard and respected
- Consent may be communicated verbally or non-verbally
- Consent lets us have fun together whilst keeping ourselves and each other safe and happy