DVRCV welcomed over 40 PiP Network Members to the November 2015 PiP community of practice meeting.
DVRCV’S new Chief Executive Officer, Emily Maguire
PiP Coordinator and DVRCV Prevention Officer Jacinta Masters introduced DVRCV’s new CEO Emily Maguire who spoke briefly about her professional background in in the areas of violence against women and primary prevention, respectful relationships education, gender and equality. Emily has most recently been a Policy and Project Manager at Our Watch and has worked in policy and program roles in the Sex Discrimination Team at the Australia Human Rights Commission and in the Preventing Violence Against Women Program at VicHealth.
Emily then discussed some of the challenges for Respectful Relationships Education (RRE) in the future alongside DVRCV’s aspirations for PiP in 2016 based on a recent PiP evaluation for Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). This included a lifecourse approach to RRE and making PiP more accessible to rural and remote Victoria.
Emily announced that PiP had been refunded for 12 months by the DPC while awaiting the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria.
Emily thanked Jacinta for her work in coordinating PiP over the past 12 months and announced Sharon Simon will be returning to the role as PiP coordinator the following week.
Our Watch, Cara Gleeson, Policy and Projects Manager of Children and Young People
Our Watch’s Cara Gleeson presented on the Victorian project, Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RREiS). Cara advised that the one-year project is now complete and the findings will be soon presented to the Victorian Government.
Cara then discussed the Respectful Relationships Education (RRE) in Schools Evidence Paper that is currently being developed by an expert reference group. The paper is a review of best practice in RRE that will provide a reference point for practitioners and policy makers nationally. Cara stated that the paper is not yet complete and is hopeful that it will be released by the end of 2015.
Lastly Cara gave a brief overview of the new National Framework CHANGE the STORY: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia with a specific focus on respectful relationship education. Cara highlighted that there will be a number of information sessions delivered across Australia in 2015/16 to promote and educate the community around the norms, practices and structures that maintain gender inequality and drive violence against women.
Cara’s presentation was well received by the network members. If you missed out on the presentation, the mp3 audio file and PowerPoint presentation is available for you to stream below.
New Victorian Curriculum F-10 and Respectful Relationship Education – facilitated discussion and workshop
Lastly DVRCV’s Prevention Officer Jacinta Masters led a facilitated discussion on the inclusion of RRE in the Victorian school curriculum. The purpose of the session was to facilitate forward thinking about what the new RRE curriculum will mean for PiP member services in how we (1) work with schools and (2) with each other (partnerships).
Jacinta summarised “what we know” about the respectful relationship education environment in Victoria:
- There will be a new curriculum for children and young people prep to year 10 in 2016 and we do not know what this will look like.
- Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) are designing the new Victorian Curriculum F-10 and have indicated that RRE will fall under ‘personal and social capabilities’ and ‘health and PE’ learning areas.
- Victoria already has a year 8 and 9 optional Victorian RRE curriculum, Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping Out Against Gender-Based Violence
- RRE getting greater commitment from Government Nationally (Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence 24.09.15)
- RRE has and will be a focus in the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria
- Our Watch’s Respectful Relationships Education in Schools Project will likely deliver a set of resources for schools on a best practice, whole of school approach to RRE
- We also know Victoria’s history (our history) in RRE:
- Work in Victoria has been program based, filling an unmet need
- We have designed small programs including our own curriculum.
- Many of these programs and curriculums have been hugely successful and have influenced government curriculum development
- We also know that there is a now a big shift in how we need to work with schools, in that we need to work with the school curriculum and support schools where needed.
The PiP network were asked to consider what the new RRE curriculum across all schools in Victoria could mean for PiP members. Notes from the group discussion are available here.
The network then broke into four groups looking at three questions:
1.What does this mean for how we work with and support schools?
2.How could we work better together to support schools?
3.What do we want to influence in schools?