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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 September 2018) . . Page.. 4027 ..


ways to negotiate consent, (f) how does the Government evaluate the success of these programs and (g) can the Minister provide a copy of the most recent evaluation of the programs.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) Schools access a variety of programs to support the learning needs of students which are offered by a range of local groups:

Sexual Health and Family Planning (SHFPACT) provide programs to schools that cover issues relating to personal safety, decision making and negotiation skills and gender roles.

Menslink delivers the Pride program for young men that includes topics relating to respectful relationships, communication and seeking help when needed.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) provides a number of programs, presenting to schools regularly on topics such as consent, respect and communication. CRCC recently presented the “Please” day, a day coordinated by Pastoral Care coordinators for high school students. CRCC also delivers Cultural Change, a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students run in ten schools which connects boys to culture as a platform for safety to then address impacts of trauma. It is a program designed for boys, but some girls who have expressed interest have attended. Consent and respect are key themes.

ACT Police Citizens and Youth Club have been engaged by a number of high schools to present on Respectful Relationships which has included speaking at school assemblies.

If programs attract a cost, they are purchased by individual schools with finances being managed directly with the school.

(b) As of August 2018, 24 ACT public schools have engaged with the White Ribbon Breaking the Silence schools program; 15 schools have completed the program to date. White Ribbon provided this program free of charge.

Our Watch has provided information and advice to the Directorate to assist with implementing their Respectful Relationship Education materials. This was at no cost to the Education Directorate.

(c) Teachers employed by ACT government are involved in teaching students content which is foundational to addressing the drivers of gender based violence. This is informed by the Early Years Learning Framework (preschool), the Australian Curriculum (kindergarten to year 10) and approved Board of Senior Secondary Studies courses (college).

Respectful relationships content can be found in Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education elaborations and through the personal and social general capability. The Health and Physical Education curriculum includes an emphasis on both respectful relationships, and the health and wellbeing aspects of sex education, including content to address healthy emotional and sexual relationships.

Teachers use a range of resources to develop meaningful and relevant units of work to teach students about sex education and respectful relationships. No particular


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