With appropriate resources and professional development schools can prevent gender-based violence through respectful relationship education. Using schools as a setting offers two main groups to be reached by this work: students who are at a critical age for forming their attitudes and knowledge and a diverse teacher and non-teaching workforce.
Our Watch has released a summary of the latest evidence on respectful relationships education. It outlines a whole school approach aimed at reducing violence-supportive attitudes and perpetration in young people, school staff and the wider community. It sets out seven core elements; one of which is to ensure we support our teachers and schools with resources and professional development to deliver safe, best practice respectful relationship education to our students.
Meaningful and sustained implementation of respectful relationships education will require proper planning, support and funding.
Read the Evidence Paper