Red Flags

We've heard about red flags in romantic relationships, but how about in friendships and families? This topic explores what healthy relationships look like and some red flags to look out for. 

What you will need

You will need...

Timing: 1 hour


Start by...

introducing the topic of healthy relationships between girls and discuss the importance of understanding what forms a healthy relationship and how it impacts our well-being.

  • In small groups, ask learners to draw girls on a piece of flipchart paper. Fill it with ideas of what a healthy relationship between girls looks like. Discuss why things that disrupted this. How can we achieve it? 
Warm Up "Red and Green Flags"
  • Explain the concept of red and green flag statements: red flags indicate warning signs or unhealthy behaviors in relationships, while green flags signify positive indicators of a healthy relationship.
  • Provide leaners with red and green flags. Read out the statements and ask them to hold up which flag they think related to the statement. This can also be done using coloured paper or giving opposite sides of the room a colour and asking them to move between them to answer. 
  • Discuss their answers and reasons for choosing that colour of flag. Encourage learners to share experiences or observations relating to the statements. 

Middle bit...

  • Divide learners into small groups and provide each group with a set of scenario cards showing different relationship situations between girls.
  • Instruct groups to analyse each scenario and identify any red and green flag statements.
  • Encourage groups to discuss the potential impact of these flags on the individuals involved and brainstorm strategies for addressing red flags and promoting green flags.
  • Facilitate a whole-group discussion where leaners identify and discuss key characteristics of healthy relationships between girls. (Use the PowerPoint to help.)
  • Guide the discussion using prompts such as communication, respect, trust, boundaries, support, and equality.
  • Encourage learners to reflect on how these characteristics contribute to positive and fulfilling relationships.


End by...

asking learners to reflect individually on one thing they learned or found valuable from the lesson and write it on a post-it note. Invite leaners to share their reflections with the group, if they feel comfortable.

Facilitate a brief discussion on how leaners can apply what they have learned from the lesson to their own relationships and interactions with others.

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