Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Delivering the initiative
The Victorian Government is implementing Respectful Relationships across Victorian schools and early childhood services through:
- A leading and partner schools initiative, providing intensive training and support to over 1000 Government, Catholic and independent schools to implement the whole school approach to Respectful Relationships
- The Resilience, rights and respectful relationships teaching materials for prep to year 12
- A professional development program for early childhood educators
- A regional Respectful Relationships workforce to support schools and early childhood education settings to implement respectful relationships education and strengthen referral and response to family violence.
What Respectful Relationships is
Myths and facts
The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified the critical role that schools and early childhood education have in creating a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations.
In 2016, respectful relationships education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to year 12, and is being taught in all government and Catholic schools and many independent schools.
Everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings.
Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students.
Together, we can lead the way in saying yes to respect and equality, and creating genuine and lasting change so that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Respectful Relationships in the Education State
We are making Victoria the Education State – a state renowned for its world leading education system that gives our children the best start to a healthy, happy and prosperous life. The Victorian Government is investing $21.8 million to support Respectful Relationships in Victorian schools and early childhood education settings, because the best relationships are respectful ones.
Student Health and Wellbeing
Family violence support
If you are concerned for your safety or that of someone else, contact the police, and call 000 for emergency assistance.
If you have experienced violence or sexual assault and require immediate or ongoing assistance, contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to talk to a counsellor from the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence hotline.
For confidential support and information, contact Safe Steps’ 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188.
If you need to talk to someone it is recommended that you speak to your school leadership team about arranging appropriate support. You can also talk to your GP or an allied health professional. Victorian government school staff can also contact the Department of Education and Training’s Employee Assistance Program on 1300 361 008.