Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships supports schools to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials provides schools with the strategies and tools to implement a whole-school approach. Efforts to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people has been shown to improve health-related outcomes and subjective well-being. It also reduces antisocial behaviours including engagement in gender-related violence.

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 includes learning about respectful relationships in both health and physical education and personal and social capability. In health and physical education curriculum, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships. In the personal and social capability curriculum, students learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.

Each year level covers the same topics at the same time over a two-year period, with the exception of Prep who cover all the topics in one year. The topics are listed below and these are the same at each year level.

The topics covered are:

  • Emotional Literacy
  • Personal Strengths
  • Positive Coping
  • Problem Solving
  • Stress Management
  • Help-Seeking
  • Gender and Identity
  • Positive Gender Relations