What is respectful relationships education?
Respectful relationships education is a youth focused strategy that aims to build young people’s capacity and skills to:
- Identify behaviours associated with healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Identify attitudes and behaviours that underpin and perpetuate gender inequity
- Understand their legal rights and responsibilities
- Access help and support if they or someone they know is experiencing an unhealthy or violent relationship
Who is funding this program?
You, Me and Us is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Does this program cost us anything?
The respectful relationships education sessions and professional development are all free of charge for your school or organisation.
Who is this program aimed at and why?
You, Me and Us delivers respectful relationships sessions to two different age groups: 10 to 13 year olds and 18 to 24 year olds. There are many pre-existing respectful relationships education programs that target secondary school students. This program has been designed for 10 to 13 year olds as they are beginning to explore the world of intimate relationships and for 18 to 24 year olds as they navigate more complex and long-term relationships.
Can you give us more information about the sessions?
The sessions have been developed to meet the learning needs of the two different age groups, are interactive, fun, and thought provoking.
The 10 to 13 year old session runs for one and a half hours while the session for 18 to 24 year old runs for two hours. The sessions will be delivered at a venue that suits your school or organisation.
Session delivery will take place between May 2013 and May 2014. Days of delivery include Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 7pm. Weekend session delivery is also negotiable for youth organisations and sporting clubs.
How much support does our school or organisation need to provide?
Respectful relationships education is most effective when the whole school or organisation supports and promotes gender equitable, healthy relationships.
- A representative from your school or organisation will need to be present during the education session to assist with group or classroom management.
- Your school or organisation will need to distribute letters to parents to notify them of the session delivery.’
Does the respectful relationships education link with AusVELS?
You, Me and Us meets the AusVELS in the following areas:
Physical, personal and learning
- Health, knowledge and promotion
- Building social relationships
- Working in teams
- Community engagement
English: speaking and listening
Interdisciplinary learning strands
- Listening, viewing and responding
- Reasoning, processing and inquiry
- Reflection, evaluation and meta-cognition
Why is respectful relationships education important for our sporting club or youth organisation?
Educating young people about respectful relationships is a key step to ensure that your club or youth organisation is a safe and inclusive environment that encourages the participation of culturally diverse young people. This same environment also supports opportunities for young women’s leadership and civic participation.
Why are peer educators involved in the project?
Research shows that young people are more likely to hear respectful relationships messages when delivered by someone of a similar age. Engaging peer educators provides role models for other young people and builds young people’s participation and leadership in their community.
Research also indicates that young people are more likely to confide in a friend or peer about an experience of violence before services or official channels.
Why is attending professional development about respectful relationships education important?
Adults that support and promote respectful relationships education within participating schools, sporting clubs or youth organisations are an essential part of creating a receptive environment for respectful relationships education. Women’s Health West’s professional development training will explore respectful relationships education and best practice approaches. The training will also explore how to support and sustain the message of respectful relationships within your workplace.
Will we be a part of the program evaluation?
You, Me and Us is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and is being externally evaluated by the University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research.
Women’s Heath West will also be evaluating the You, Me and Us program. Parents and young people are free to withdraw from the evaluation. Any information obtained is confidential and participants will remain anonymous. Women’s Health West will report and present the information obtained through evaluation to other service providers, and in the program manual and other resources.