Respectful Relationships leading and partner schools

​​Respectful Relationships is being rolled out across the state through a leading and partner school model.

Over 1000 Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools have elected to participate as either a leading school or a partner school.

Leading schools

The role of leading schools is to lead the way on implementing the whole-school approach to Respectful Relationships, this includes modelling good practice, leading and mentoring partner schools.

Leading schools are provided with professional development, support and funding, to implement a whole school approach within their own school, and for mentoring partner schools.

Partner schools

Partner schools are mentored and supported by leading schools to implement a whole-school approach to Respectful Relationships. Clusters of partner schools will work with one leading school.​


All Victorian primary, secondary and specialist schools were invited to apply for a leading or partner school role. Schools were selected based on their demonstrated commitment, readiness and capacity to implement a whole-school approach. Consideration was also given to an even geographical spread.

Applications for leading and partner schools have now closed.

The Respectful Relationships workforce

A dedicated Respectful Relationships workforce is in place to support leading and partner schools with implementation, including:

  • Respectful Relationships project leads in each of the state’s 17 local areas to support leading schools to fulfil their roles and helping to build the capacity of all participating schools to implement the initiative
  • Respectful Relationships liaison officers in each of the state’s 17 local areas to support schools to respond to family violence, providing advice about evidence based approaches and interventions, liaising with specialist services and embedding effective response and referral processes
  • A Respectful Relationships unit in the Department’s central office manage the state-wide supports and tools available to for Victorian schools to successfully implement Respectful Relationships.

Professional learning opportunities for school staff

A range of professional learning opportunities, delivered at the local area level and tailored for school staff and school leaders supports them to: implement a whole school approach, respond to disclosures of family violence and deliver Respectful Relationships as part of the curriculum.

Teaching materials

A resource kit for schools provides schools with the strategies and tools to implement a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. For more information, see: Teach Respectful Relationships

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