A detailed look at the concept of consent, how it works, and why it matters.
What is consent? Why does it matter? How does it affect our daily lives? Why is it such a grey area, sometimes?
The concept of consent is easy to oversimplify – yes means yes, and no means no. Often, though, it isn’t that black and white.
Have you ever said ‘yes’ to something when, really, you wanted to say ‘no’? Or have you ever tried to convince someone to do something they don’t want to?
What is Consent? explores how consent works, and why it matters. It explains how consent plays a part in almost every interaction or relationship we have, and how it affects almost every area of life, from healthcare to the law. The book encourages children to think about what consent means to them, and about the importance of personal boundaries – both knowing your own, and respecting other people’s. It talks about how to say no, and what to do if you feel your consent has been violated.
The book also includes contributions from people such as David Bartlett, chief executive of the White Ribbon campaign, and Zara Todd, a youth worker and activist, about what consent means to them.
Broad and far-reaching, and simultaenously gentle and accessible, this is an important book, vital for giving young readers the necessary understanding to build and develop healthy relationships.
Author: Louise Spilsbury and Yas Necati
For ages: 9 and over
Note from Books for Young Minds
This book covers the following topics:
How the book works
What is consent?
Words to do with consent
My views on consent – Yas Necati
How about if you don’t want a hug from a friend?
My views on consent – Louise Spilsbury
Why is the issue of consent important?
How can consent empower us?
Reading the signs
My views on consent – David Bartlett
What has gender got to do with consent?
What if a boy has his consent breached?
Your body, your choice
How to say no
Changing your mind
Consent is not for ever or for everything
Consent and disability
My views on consent – Zara Todd
Our personal boundaries and disability
Why are people’s ideas about personal space different?
Being aware of your own pressure
My views on consent – Alice Pinney
On the role of social media
On sharing online content
Types of consent – online, sexual, medical
My views on consent – Hibo Wardere
What has FGM got to do with consent?
Consent and the law
My views on consent – Jack Fletcher
What if I didn’t consent?
Dealing with abuse