WHAT IS GROWING RESPECT?
The GROWING RESPECT project aims to strengthen the capacity of communities to support their children and young people to have respectful relationships in all aspects of their lives.
A key element of all of the GROWING RESPECT project’s work is to listen to and work in partnership with the community – children and young people, and adults – to create and trial programs on strengthening respectful relationships. The GROWING RESPECT team is committed to supporting communities to end violence against women, young people and children.
Growing from the LOVE BITES Respectful Relationships program, the GROWING RESPECT team works together with communities across Australia to develop, support and run respectful relationships education with children and young people across ages 4 to 18 years.
The GROWING RESPECT team value and practice working in partnership and alongside communities, to develop and share respectful relationships education with children and young people. Together, we believe that:
- All Australians deserve a life of opportunity and dignity, free from discrimination and disadvantage
- All communities can strengthen respectful and healthy relationships
- We must always be role models of respectful relationships
- Children and young people’s voices need to guide and be at the centre of our work.
HOW DOES GROWING RESPECT WORK?
The GROWING RESPECT team works in partnership with communities to plan, develop, implement and evaluate respectful relationships education programs for children and young people. The GROWING RESPECT approach has four interconnected elements:
- A whole of school approach to respectful relationships and protective behaviours for 4 to 18 years
- Respectful relationships education programs and lesson plans for school and community settings
- Working with a whole of community approach, to discover and support each community’s ideas on how to build respectful relationships
- Comprehensive research and evaluation to inform and measure the impact of youth-led, localised respectful relationships programming.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GROWING RESPECT TEAM LEAVES THE COMMUNITY?
The GROWING RESPECT team is committed to the ongoing support of communities who we work with. The GROWING RESPECT team will continue to support, mentor, update and link the community with peers through email, phone and the GROWING RESPECT website.
HOW DIFFERENT IS IT TO JUST RUNNING A PROGRAM?
The GROWING RESPECT approach sits within a community development framework, so that all GROWING RESPECT processes and programs therefore involve partnerships within communities.
The GROWING RESPECT team works alongside communities to actively adapt and implement the programs, to ensure they are relevant to local young people and are sustainable.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN GROWING RESPECT?
- Children and young people
- Men & women
- Health services
- Sexual assault services
- Preschools, primary and high schools
- Families/community services
- Youth services
- Women’s refuges
- Legal services
- Aboriginal services
- Family support services
- NAPCAN’s Growing Respect staff
- Academic partners who support the research and evaluation of GROWING RESPECT
WHAT IS COMMUNITY LED PROGRAMMING & EVALUATION?
We recognise that in talking about Respectful Relationships, some sensitive topics will be raised and we have a commitment to undertaking research that is collaborative and useful to communities themselves. This research will inform the development and evaluation of locally relevant respectful relationships programs for children and young people.
GROWING RESPECT will utilise participatory action research methodologies, where the community have a key role to play at each stage of the research and evaluation. The GROWING RESPECT project will employ local people as Community-based Researchers to hear what children, young people, men and women think about building respectful and healthy relationships. The GROWING RESPECT team has the support of several academic research partners including the Australian Institute of Criminology and an international group of social epidemiologists known as Community Information Empowerment and Transparency (CIET).
The key areas of Research and Evaluation within GROWING RESPECT will be:
- Informed by and tailored to children and young people
- Informed by and tailored to each community
- Undertaken throughout the project to inform respectful relationships programming and the broader project
- Understanding whether the youth and community-led processes are effective in program development
- Measuring if the programs support attitudinal and behaviour change in children and young people
- Measuring how the whole-of-community approach impacts on the community systems and networks as a whole
- Used to generate further knowledge about what works in supporting children and young people to develop respect in relationships – both for each community and nationally
- Used to inform decisions regarding the direction of funding to what can be demonstrated to work in communities as supported and defined by communities.
WHAT IS THE ENGOORI PROCESS?
Scott Gorringe and David Spillman have developed the Engoori process. It is a strength-based conversational framework within groups and between groups (including children/young people) that builds a culture of inclusivity, belonging and connection within communities. These conversational processes acknowledge and embrace difference between diverse groups, service providers, and adults and children and young people and provide a framework for action and ways forward for addressing complex challenges such as enhancing respectful relationships, cultural connectedness and sustainable communities.
Strength-based conversational frameworks offer a guide to:
- Facilitating conversations to reaffirm the strengths in communities
- Creating safe spaces to change deficit conversations to ones of strength
- Surfacing and challenging the assumptions we carry to such conversations and
- Co-creating powerful ways to address complex challenges that exist across communities.
Engoori will be used in GROWING RESPECT to bring the community together (Elders; Community Groups, service providers, schools and children and young people) to co-create interconnected respectful relationships processes, curriculum and programming for children and young people in their community.
WHAT IS COMMUNITY DEFINED AS?
The GROWING RESPECT project’s work is centred on the lives of children and young people. When we talk about community we think of the important adults, strengths and supports in the lives of children and young people. This may include immediate and extended family, friends, preschools, schools, sporting, social, religious organisations and any services that support children and young people.
HOW DOES A COMMUNITY GET INVOLVED?
The GROWING RESPECT team would like to talk with you and your community or service if you are interested in working together to strengthen respectful relationships for children and young people. Focusing on the existing strengths of and opportunities for your community we can explore how we may be able to work together. The GROWING RESPECT team continues to advocate for ongoing support and funding for community-led respectful relationships programs and also welcomes invitations to co-submit for existing opportunities to undertake this work with communities across Australia and overseas.
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