The Department engaged VicHealth to review respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools resulting in the Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools report.
The report provides guidance on good practice criteria required to achieve violence prevention and respectful relationships education in schools as well as a basis for future policy and program development. To view the report, see: Report: Respectful Relationships Education (pdf - 1.31mb)
Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping Out Against Gender-Based Violence
Following the release of the Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools report, the Department engaged CASA House and Deakin University to develop and trial a range of the teaching and learning materials which address the key issues related to violence prevention and gender-based violence.
The resulting resource, Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping Out Against Gender-Based Violence, written by Dr Debbie Ollis, takes into account the key findings around effective violence-prevention strategies in schools proposed in the above report. It provides teaching and learning activities planned around key themes of gender, power, violence and respect for Years 8, 9 and 10 as well as advice around a whole-school approach to violence prevention.
A new Unit 3: Gender, power and media is now available for Year 10 students. This unit builds on the material covered in two other units, Unit 1: Gender, respect and relationships (for Year 8 students) and Unit 2: The power connection (for Year 9 students). It follows on from topics already covered on gender, power and building respectful relationships.
Unit 3 has a strong emphasis on building media and health literacy and is designed to explore earlier topics around sexualisation, media and gender in more depth.
You can access the complete resource at: Building Respectful Relationships
Alternatively you can access each specific section using the links below:
For more information, including a brief description of each resource in this package, see: FUSE – Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping Out Against Gender Based Violence
See the Respectful Relationships Education Update (pdf - 93.85kb) for a brief overview of the 2015 Respectful Relationships Education in Schools pilot, respectful relationships in the new Victorian Curriculum and the Victorian Government's commitment to Respectful Relationships Education in Victorian schools.