PiP Forum Wednesday 11 February 2015

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We are excited to welcome international guest speaker, Carlene Firmin, founder of MsUnderstood.org.uk and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Carlene works with young people to address their experiences of gender inequality and supporting local practitioners to build their responses to sexual and dating abuse in young people’s relationships and peer groups. She was the Principal Policy Advisor to the Children’s Commissioner for England’s Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups from 2011-2013, prior to which she spent five years researching the impact of criminal gangs on women and girls, at the charity Race on the Agenda. Carlene has written a monthly column for The Guardian national newspaper for the past four years, and has published book chapters and journal articles on issues of child protection, gender, youth justice and sexual violence. Carlene will present a seminar on her work ‘‘Game-changing’: understanding and responding to sexual abuse between young people by changing the environments in which it occurs’. 

We will also hear from local PiP members:

  • Emily Maguire of Our Watch will present on the Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RReiS) project, a partnership with the Victorian Government, to pilot a whole of school response in participating schools Victorian schools.
  • Stef Tipping of CASA House, will be presenting on the changes being made to Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Secondary Schools (SAPPSS) in 2015.
  • Tania Last, Secondary School Nurse of the Western Region Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, will present on the background of the Secondary School Nurse program and her role in the primary prevention of violence against women; promoting relationships education and a gender lens through school based health promotion plans.

This will be followed by a networking afternoon tea (sponsored by VDAWnet), as well as panel discussion featuring afternoons presenters, facilitated by Dr Anastasia Powell.

View the flyer for the PiP Forum 2015 here!


11 February 2015 2:00 – 4:30PM


The Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


Friday 6th February 2015 email the Prevention Coordinator or call (03) 9486 9866

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