Respectful Relations Education for Newly Arrived Young People

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds experience a range of complexities in developing their personal and cultural identity during their transition from adolescence to adulthood. They experience significant personal changes that can affect their interpersonal relationships and their reproductive and sexual health.

Women’s Health West works in partnership with Western Region Health Centre, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health’s Multicultural Health and Support Service and Maribyrnong City Council Youth Services to deliver a five week human relationships program to young people from Western English Language School.

This program targets newly-arrived young refugee students who have experienced interrupted schooling and have had limited access to reliable and accurate sexual health education. Operating in an educational setting, the program aims to enhance young people’s knowledge and understanding of human relationships and sexual and reproductive rights. The program’s overarching objective is to support young women and men to make safe, respectful and informed choices about relationships and sexual decision making to ensure that they and their partners have optimal sexual and reproductive health.

The human relationships program is delivered in a culturally sensitive and interactive manner to provide students with an opportunity to develop skills and sexual health knowledge prior to them entering mainstream schooling.