Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships is a wide-ranging initiative to help young Victorians deal with a range of challenges they may face and covers topics including being respectful, resilient and engaged at school and confident in themselves.


Respectful Relationships promotes equality and helps boys as well as girls learn how to build healthy relationships. The initiative prepares them to face challenges by developing problem-solving skills and building empathy, resilience and confidence.


In 2016, Respectful Relationships became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum and is being taught in all Government schools across our region.


There are 8 core areas for the teaching of Social and Emotional learning and Respectful Relationships. These include:

  • Emotional literacy
  • Personal strengths
  • Positive coping
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management
  • Help seeking
  • Gender and identity
  • Positive gender relations

Respectful Relationships is underpinned by evidence that shows schools can play a key role in preventing family violence by helping students develop an understanding of healthy relationships and respect.