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Respectful Relationships

[This type of program] will stop the system; boys growing up thinking they should be the more dominant person in the relationship.

– Student

This generation of Victorian children and young people can expect to learn about how to build safe and respectful relationships with their families, friends and communities.

The new Victorian Curriculum, which began in 2017, strengthens the role of Respectful Relationships education in schools. This is supported by a suite of teaching resources recently released by the University of Melbourne. These resources cover 8 social emotional learning topics, including:

  • help-seeking
  • decision-making
  • positive gender relationships

We ran a successful Respectful Relationships trial in 19 schools across the state in 2016. The trial showed us that the program led to clear improvements in building student and staff knowledge. It also improved attitudes and confidence in discussing issues of violence, equality and respectful relationships.

We will train up to 4,000 early childhood educators in respectful relationships education so that positive role modelling begins early and has the best chance of making a lasting impact.