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About respectful relationships

What is Respectful Relationships education? (docx - 38.29kb) (transcript)

Respectful relationships education focuses on building and promoting gender equity in relationships and challenging of gender stereotypes. Respectful relationships education is about tackling family violence. Teaching and learning about respectful relationships is an essential part of a whole school approach to the prevention of gender-based violence.

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 provides the basis for teaching and learning about respectful relationships.  The Victorian Curriculum identifies the knowledge, skills and understandings for students to be able to engage in respectful relationships.

The importance of teaching Respectful Relationships education was highlighted in the evidence and findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence which recommended that respectful relationships education be mandated in Victorian schools. The Government has accepted this recommendation and through the Department of Education and Training is providing extensive information and support for schools to implement respectful relationships education including an online Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships course that has an explicit focus on the use of the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials. The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Taking a whole school approach
  • Module 2: Fostering positive relationships
  • Module 3: Understanding social and emotional learning
  • Module 4: Using the classroom resources (Topics 1-6)

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