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Tuesday 4 October PiP Network Meeting

PiP Network Meeting: Tuesday 4 October

At the next meeting, Kris Arcaro, Director, Wellbeing, Health and Engagement, Department of Education and Training, will provide an update on the roll out of respectful relationships education across Victoria. 

The meeting will also include a panel of practitioners from community and school settings to provide advice and ideas on how PiP members can work with schools to support this roll out. Speakers include: 
  • Garry Embry, Former Principal and Regional Network Leader
  • Kristy Lang, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 
  • Jess Boccia, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault 

The speakers will be followed by round-table discussions where PiP members will have the opportunity to consider their own work within the context of the statewide changes to RRE. 

When: 10.30  am – 1.00 pm, Tuesday 4 October
Where: Blue Room, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
RSVP: by 28 September, Please advise of any catering requirements. 

PiP Meeting Notes, 17 November 2015, 2:00-4:30

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?

Notes from each table are available here.

PiP Meeting 12 August 2 – 4:30pm meeting notes


pip meeting notes

At our August PiP meeting, Stef Tipping, Schools program Coordinator at CASA House delivered a workshop on the Sexual Assault Prevention Project for Secondary Schools (SAPPSS), providing an overview of the program and how it has evolved over recent years. Stef also ran some exercises with the group that she has found most effective when working with secondary school students and teachers.

Stef discussed how CASA support schools long term to ensure sustainability of the program. SAPPSS delivers a whole of school approach to ensure greater consistency from the classroom to the school yard. This includes training for teachers and school policy evaluation. While the program only covers year 9 students, the schools bring in different programs across other year levels that offer a limited amount of sessions with students. The program is currently being implemented in a special needs school where the program has been adapted to suit students needs. CASA House are currently rewriting the SAPPSS program to include greater diversity, such as CALD and same sex relationships.

Q: Has the program been delivered in a catholic school?

A: Barwon CASA have delivered SAPPSS in a Catholic school. The program content wasn’t shifted however it was pitched as benefiting all students regardless of whether they are sexually active or not.

Q: How does CASA House support a transgender student when groups are divided by sex?

A: Students are spoken to one on one to see what they would like to do. They are welcome to choose what group they would best identify with. This is something that will be looked at further in the review of the SAPPSS program.

Q: What happened to CASA House’s motoring program for year 10 students?

A: Students were not ready to fill this role yet and needed more experience and guidance. Students in year 11 and 12 are too busy with studies to prioritise this role.

Q: Does CASA House provide professional development to schools to implement the Stepping Out curriculum?

A: CASA House use the SAPPSS program.

Stef emphasised that schools need to hear that “we are not teaching women to not be sexually assaulted, we are teaching them how to not sexually assault”.

PiP Evaluation Workshop with A/Prof Sue Dyson 12 August 2015 notes

Following the success of Prof. Sue Dyson’s evaluation workshop in 2014, PiP invited Sue back to deliver a workshop to PiP members.

Sue heads the cultural change program at Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), Latrobe University, where she is a senior research fellow. Her work concerns the social and cultural meanings of the lived experience sexuality and gender, particularly in relation to the prevention of violence and discrimination.

Sue delivered a practical and evidence based process for strength based program evaluation, emphasising that evaluation is a reflective practice and is continuously improved. Sue went through the evaluation planning phase by (1) starting with a goal (2) setting objectives and (3) Setting indicators and measures. See Sue’s presentation ‘Doing Program Evaluation’ for more information.

Sue encouraged attendees to persevere with a logic model and let the evaluation tell the story, allowing for the program and evaluation to be the same thing.

Q. How can I measure attitudes knowing that there isn’t an explicit link between attitudes and behaviours?

A. Sue used drink driving as an example of how attitudes impacted on behaviours. As VAW is so widespread, this will take a long term commitment. Sue also discussed the use of proxy indicators to show the impact on an individual, community  and society level.

Sue referenced a series of documents that are useful for PVAW evaluation listed below:

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