'Protect Children Who Are Exposed to Domestic Violence' Women's Aid Worker Calls for Schools to Teach Pupils aboutParents Vow Relationships as Case of Teen Who Hanged Himself Is Reviewed 2 for 1 Skating* at Winter

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'Protect Children Who Are Exposed to Domestic Violence' Women's Aid Worker Calls for Schools to Teach Pupils aboutParents Vow Relationships as Case of Teen Who Hanged Himself Is Reviewed 2 for 1 Skating* at Winter


Byline: school with insufficient green areas to meet the Welsh Government's Clare Hutchinson Crime Correspondent clare.hutchinson@walesonline.co.uK

in Ynysybwl, Pontypridd, is currently the subject of a consultation to close the MORE needs to be done to protect children exposed to domestic violence, leading charities school and transfer its 45 pupils to Trerobart Primary School from September in Cardiff have warned. SpeaKing at a service in Cardiff to marK International 2014. And Ynyswen Infants School in Rhondda could close Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, representatives from the NSPCC, Cardiff its doors in 2014 - marKing the end of a 100-year history.

Women's Aid and Bawso called for more discussion with children about the problem. It comes as a serious case review into the shooting of a hairdresser in Newport and the subsequent death of her 16-year-old son highlighted failings in the way agencies worKed together.

But, at Glanffrwd, a group of 22 parents have joined forces to fight the plan, claiming the proposals will sacrifice the quality of education their children receive and will put their safety at risK.

Mother-of-two Rachel Williams, now 40, was blasted at point-blanK range and needed Kelly Pugh, 28, is mother to six-year-old Cadie and five-year-old Millie, who are pupils of Glanffrwd.

"We intend to fight these proposals tooth and nail."

a 10-hour operation to save her leg after her estranged husband Darren Williams, 45, stormed into the Malpas salon where she worKed and opened fire with a sawn-off shotgun.

The parents' group has commissioned an independent road safety evaluation report to investigate the implications associated with the school's potential closure and relocation a mile away.

Mr Williams, whom the report found had subjected his wife to years of domestic abuse, fled the scene and his body was found in secluded woodland that same evening.

The report states that the proposal would result in "increased exposure of vulnerable children to vehicle movements at a number of locations incompatible with safe walKing routes".

The couple's son, JacK, 16, struggled to come to terms with the events, and weeKs later was found hanged in the spot where his father died.

SpeaKing at Llandaff Independent road safety auditor Julian Bartlett, who Ysgol yr Eos Primary School.

|Cathedral yesterday, Meg KissacK of Cardiff Women's Aid recalled her own time in school, when she had no idea what domestic violence was.

Deborah Jones, a former pupil at the school, whose own children and other family members also attended over the decades, said closing the school would "rip the heart out of the community".

She said: "I learned everything about relationships through my peers.

"So I Knew everything about drugs, alcohol and smoKing, but absolutely nothing about relationships. Sex education was minimal at best."

The 48-year-old, who lives opposite the school, said: "The school has just celebrated its centenary so we feel a very strong part of our community, and one that needs to remain."

She said teenagers in schools today are "targeted" by their peers everywhere they go because they have mobile phones, leading to a culture where girls are pressured into sending boyfriends sexually explicit images of themselves.

" Rhondda Cynon Taf council aims to get rid of infants schools and merge them with primary schools which cater for three toyear-olds. …

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