Parents Voice in Government School Education

Parent feedback on Respectful Relationships

Dear parents,

You are invited to share feedback on updates to the Resilience Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) teaching and learning materials, which support schools to deliver respectful relationships education.  These age-appropriate resources for years F-12 help students learn and practise social skills and apply them in a positive way to learning, life and relationships.

The Department of Education has engaged Professor Emeritus Helen Cahill to update the RRRR resource. A first round of teacher, student and parent consultations was held in August 2022. This consultation offers the opportunity to provide feedback on the updates that have been made in response.

Aims of the consultation

The consultation aims to ensure that the new resources:

  • capture previous stakeholder feedback
  • use current language and terminology
  • incorporate language that recognises the intersectional experiences of students
  • are inclusive of all sexualities and genders
  • incorporate student voice.

Excerpts from the updated resource will be shared in the consultation.

When

  • Online consultation on the RRRR materials (Years F-12): Wednesday 31 May, 11:00am-12:30pm

How to provide feedback

The Department of Education is inviting parents to take part in the online workshop to inform the update to the resources.

If you are interested in being involved in the consultations, please register by Friday 26 May.

To register, or for more information or enquiries, contact Briony O’Keeffe, Project Manager, Respectful Relationships, Family Violence and Child Safety, by email, including your full name, the name of your child’s school and your preferred email address: briony.okeeffe@education.vic.gov.au

Kind regards,

Gail McHardy, CEO
Parents Victoria
E: office@parentsvictoria.asn.au
W: parentsvictoria.asn.au

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10 Responses

  1. I would like to be involved in any consultation available. There is too much opacity about this program and parents are understandably scared about the program.

    1. Thanks for your interest Maggie. We hope you’re able to participate in the consultation next week. A reminder that today is the deadline for registration – just email Briony as shown in the article.

  2. I’m a parent, teacher and family therapist. I have concerns regarding the Respectful Relationship curriculum content and wish to be involved to provide feedback

    1. Thanks for your interest Sharon. We hope you’re able to participate in the consultation next week. A reminder that today is the deadline for registration – just email Briony as shown in the article.

  3. Schools need to educate ONLY Maths, English, History, Geography, basic education … NOT SEXUAL EDUCATION OF ANY KIND. That’s not what we pay teachers to do. Let chikdren BE CHILDREN.

  4. So many other issues like respect for parents and elders.. It is shocking to see vivid sexualization books in school library which are very visually disturbing for adults let alone a child. Sexuality and Drawings being shown too early at childhood. How does anyone police these at school or libraries? It makes me as a parent very uncomfortable when issues like these should be tackled by parents in the safety of home and not in the public arena where no explanations except from the author who has own agenda…. Children should be allowed to be innocent children for as long as possible. Very concern about how society is heading trying to sexualize children far too young when they are not mature enough to understand

  5. Peace be with you all, I’m a father and carer, father of a 14 years old girl and carer for my disabled wife, I’d like to ask you for your help and support. This is very hard time for both parents and children.

  6. I have many concerns about content and intentions of this ideology being forced on children. How can I provide my feedback? Thank you.

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