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Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program

Responsible government

  • Western Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 1 Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.
    • 3 Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
    • 5 Promote healthy and safe relationships and build gender equitable values through initiatives for children and young people.

What are we doing?

Under Western Australia’s (WA) Implementation Plan, WA will deliver a Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program in Primary and Secondary schools across the state.

The Program has been informed by a growing body of research, policy and practice in primary prevention in school settings. The training has been specifically tailored to WA, the WA curriculum and the different needs of WA schools. The model will continually evolve to ensure it best meets the needs of WA schools. Each year a cohort of schools will participate in the program which includes eLearning, face-to-face workshops, and ongoing program support (including an online forum and resources, email, phone and school visits).

  • The WA Government will provide $1,077 million between 2018/19 and 2021/22 financial years to fund Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program.

What have we achieved so far?

  • Establishment of the project.
  • Completion of the first cohort of ten schools, including a regional focus in March 2019.
  • Development and adaptation of training materials for the WA context.
  • Development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Establishment of a Steering Group to support and monitor the overall implementation of the program.
  • Appointment of an external evaluator.
  • Commencement of Cohort 2 in November 2019.

What is next?

The next steps include:

  • Review and enhance online resources and program materials, including online library reference materials;
  • Review and implement monitoring and evaluation framework;
  • Adapt additional eLearning for all school staff to WA context; and
  • Plan and deliver teachers forum 2020.

What difference will we make?

The Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program will build on the current formal curriculum by supporting school staff and communities to teach students about gender-based violence and implement a whole-of-school approach to violence prevention. It will reinforce work already being done in many Western Australian public schools to build the social and emotional skills needed for healthy relationships.

The program will deliver a train-the-trainer and teacher support program in selected primary and secondary schools, including in regional and remote Western Australia.

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