NAPCAN’s Respectful Relationship Programs strengthen schools capacity to support children and young people to have healthy and respectful relationships.

Respectful Relationship programs

Please also see our Whole of School Respectful Relationships Educational Resources Brochure.

The following are the programs that are offered, evaluated and adapted in partnership with children and young people and their communities, to be locally relevant, culturally-strengthening and sustainable. Please also see our Whole of School Respectful Relationships Educational Resources Brochure.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

The preschool program All Children Being Safe aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard.
The preschool program focuses on children understanding safe feelings, people and places.

Preschool

4-5 years old

All Children Being Safe for preschool is an interactive, protective behaviours program. Children learn to identify safe and unsafe feelings, people, and places as well as where to go to access support. The program use storytelling, puppets, costumes, music, movement, art & craft and small group experiences.

ISSUES COVERED
Safe feelings, people and places
Help seeking
Resilience

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The latter primary programs are currently being written with children and teaching staff in schools in NSW and the NT. The programs are being written to support and enhance State, Territory and National Curriculums. NAPCAN provides professional training and support to teachers to facilitate all these programs.

Early Primary

Prep/Kindergarten – Year 1

All Children Being Safe for early primary is an interactive, protective behaviours program. Children learn to identify safe and unsafe feelings, people, and places as well as where to go to access support. The program use storytelling, puppets, costumes, music, movement, art & craft and small group experiences.

ISSUES COVERED
Safe feelings, people and places
Help seeking
Resilience

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

Primary

7-8 years old. Year 2

Children will be able to define respectful and safe relationships as well as safe and unsafe feelings, develop problem solving skills and explore gender stereotypes.

ISSUES COVERED
Feelings and friendships, gender, respect, safety, problem solving.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

Primary

8-9 years old. Year 3

Children will be able to define respectful and safe relationships, recognise safe and unsafe feelings and early warning signs, develop conflict resolution skills, and identify where to access help, including problem solving barriers to access.

ISSUES COVERED
Friendships, respect, safety and warning signs, managing conflict, accessing help.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

Primary

9-10 years old. Year 4

Children will be able to define how power and respect can be used in relationships, including within bullying, to define how gender roles and stereotypes can influence behaviours, and communication skills for respectful relationships.

ISSUES COVERED
Power, respect, gender, bullying, communication.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

Primary

10-11 years old. Year 5

Children will be able to identify different types of relationships, identify dis/respectful behaviours, to define respect and power, to define how gender roles and stereotypes can influence behaviours and to demonstrate skills in effective communication to manage conflict.

ISSUES COVERED
Power, respect, gender, bullying, managing conflict, communication.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

Primary

11-12 years old

Children will be able to identify different types of relationships, identify dis/respectful behaviours, develop strategies to address abuse and manage their feelings, including effective communication to manage conflict.

ISSUES COVERED
Power and abuse, respect, gender, bullying, managing conflict, communication.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

  • 5 -7yrs
  • 7yrs
  • 8yrs
  • 9yrs
  • 10yrs
  • 11yrs

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The high school programs are currently being written with children and teaching staff in schools in NSW and the Northern Territory. The programs are being written to support and enhance State, Territory and National Curriculums. The Love Bites program for Year 10 is available now. Each year has a slightly different focus that builds on the previous years. All programs have a creative component  encouraging young people to produce prevention resources around respectful relationships.

High School

12-13 years old. Year 7

Young people will understand the challenges of the transition to High School, to define how power and control are used, to define bullying behaviour and it’s impact, define what an active and passive bystander are.

ISSUES COVERED
Transition to high school, power & control, bullying, bystander strategies, homophobia, community attitudes & beliefs, violence and sexual assault.

7 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

High School

13-14 years old. Year 8

Young people will understand the impact of gender stereotypes on relationships, be able to define sexual harassment and its links to bullying, define homophobia, its impact and strategies to challenge it, develop skills in being an active bystander, identify the difference between love and control, begin exploring sex, consent and sexual assault.

ISSUES COVERED
Bullying and sexual harassment, bystander strategies, gender, homophobia, sex and consent, love and control, community attitudes and beliefs.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

High School

14-15 years old. Year 9

Young people will understand the impact of gender stereotypes on relationships, including homophobia, define respectful and controlling or violent relationships, begin exploring sex, consent and sexual assault, develop skills and knowledge on how to manage difficulties in their relationships, including ending a relationship safely and respectfully.

ISSUES COVERED
Bullying, bystander strategies, gender, homophobia, sex and consent, love and control, community attitudes and beliefs, violence and sexual assault, managing conflict and ending relationships.

6 lesson plans and activities (1 hour duration each)

High School

14-16 years old. LoveBites

Young people will be able to define types of relationship violence, identify the differences between respectful and loving behaviour in a relationship and abusive and controlling behaviour in a relationship, including consenting sex and sexual assault, and participate in creating and leading a community awareness raising campaign around respectful relationships.

ISSUES COVERED
Bystander strategies, sex and consent, love and control, attitudes and beliefs, violence and sexual assault.

1-2 day education and creative workshops, followed by a supported, youth-led campaign.

High School

16-17 years old. LoveBites Leadership

Young people will understand how to be leaders as active bystanders in relation to relationship violence and respectful relationships, including concerns with safety, ethics and friendship.

ISSUES COVERED
Bystander behaviour, safety, community awareness, active bystander techniques.

1 day interactive workshop based in or out of school.

The Growing Respect Approach

The Growing Respect Approach

A Partnership between GROWING RESPECT and Your Community

Together, the GROWING RESPECT team believes that:

  • All communities can build respectful and healthy relationships;
  • We must always be role models of respectful relationships;
  • Children and young people’s voices need to guide our work.

A partnership for GROWING RESPECT will be based on collaboration, mutual learning and respect. The GROWING RESPECT team will:

  • Spend time building relationships;
  • Be guided by local people about what is culturally safe practice;
  • Share our experiences and knowledge openly;
  • Work to enhance local strengths, values and knowledge.

+ Community-led Research and Evaluation

The GROWING RESPECT team are committed to undertaking research and evaluation that are collaborative and useful to communities themselves. With the community as an active partner throughout, the purpose of the GROWING RESPECT Research and Evaluation framework is:

  • To generate knowledge and promote investment in what works to strengthen respectful relationships and reduce gender-based violence, as defined by the children, young people and their communities;
  • To research and understand children and young people’s attitudes to respectful relationships to inform prevention education curriculum;
  • To comprehensively evaluate the impact of child and youth-led, respectful relationships education in creating attitude and behaviour change in children and young people;
  • To evaluate the impact of participatory, community-led processes and curriculum development on community networks and systems.

+ Ongoing Support to Ensure Sustainability

NAPCAN will continue to support and provide professional development to GROWING RESPECT communities as they implement the curriculum. Program evaluation will continue in communities to assess the program relevance for children and young people.

+ Outcomes for Children and Young People

  • Active participation in the development of respectful relationships education and awareness-raising campaigns for their communities;
  • Developing an ethical framework to identify and establish their own respectful relationships;
  • Developing critical thought to make informed choices and have their voices heard.

NAPCAN acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures, and to the elders both past and present.