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A snapshot of the five criteria for best practice in violence prevention education in schools

Below is a snapshot of the guide to implementing best practice in Respectful Relationship Education, detailed in the 2009 DEECD and VicHealth document Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools

1. A whole-school approach –a concerted approach across the entire school to effect cultural change. It includes integrating violence prevention into curriculum, school policy, processes and practices, specialised training for teachers and support staff, and involves the whole school, including parents and the community.

2. A program framework and logic – clearly articulating and incorporating a theoretical framework that addresses the links between gender, power and violence, and having a theory of change that demonstrates how the program will achieve its intended outcomes.

3. Effective curriculum delivery – that is informed by feminist theory and includes consideration of the content of curriculum, the teaching methods, the staff involved, and the structure and duration of the program. Content should avoid focusing on minimising personal risks, addressing systematic constraints.

4. Inclusive, relevant, and culturally sensitive practice –integrated into all stages of program design, implementation and evaluation.

5. Evaluation – a comprehensive short, medium and long-term evaluation of the program that examines the impact on attitudes, skills and behaviours, and processes of change

(Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and VicHealth Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools, Melbourne, 2009)

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