PiP events

An archive of presentations, conversations and ideas shared at PiP network meetings

4 October 2016

PiP Meeting, Tuesday 4 October

Close to 90 PiP members came together on 4 October to hear from our speakers and consider their own work within the context of the state-wide changes to RRE.

Video recordings and slides of each speakers’ presentation are available below:

Round table discussions

The meeting concluded with round-table discussions where PiP members had the opportunity to answer four questions to consider their own work within the context of the state-wide changes to respectful relationships education.

Question 1: What do you see as the role of the community sector in supporting the rollout of respectful relationships education?

  • Everything except the curriculum
  • Support schools through a whole school approach
  • Facilitating change management
  • Facilitating local network around respectful relationships in schools
  • Nurturing relationships
  • Modelling communications and connection
  • Taking a birdseye view – to connect what is happening with each region and reduce overlapping
  • Reduce fears and resistance across schools
  • Model what a whole school approach and gender lens means
  • Highlight the expertise of family violence and community health sectors
  • Support schools to develop policy
  • Capacity build teachers
  • Approach schools and offer help
  • Sit on schools health and well-being teams – connect school staff

Question 2: What have you heard today that you could incorporate into the whole-of-school work that you are doing, or planning to do, with schools?

  • How to link with regional Department key staff
  • How to support schools to want to do this work
  • Communication and engagement strategies
  • How to engage with principals
  • Health and wellbeing/gender equality committees
  • Using the contacts we have as community sector, being a point of contact

Question 3: What are you currently planning, or doing, to move towards a whole school approach?

  • Provide local principal networks with PD
  • Work within special schools
  • Create a safe social and emotional environment

Question 4: What are the challenges you face in implementing a whole school approach?

  • Access to funding
  • How you get evidence for long term cultural change
  • Working with different sized schools and multiple schools
  • Convincing teachers and schools that they’re not doing extra work
  • Linking in with regional and local priorities
  • How will we know which schools to approach, which schools want support?

13 July 2016

PiP, on behalf of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, and in partnership with Community Child Care Association, was thrilled to host the Responding to and Preventing Family Violence – The Role of Early Childhood Professionals Conference. The conference was supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Department of Education and Training.

conference resources page has been created to capture the learnings from the day. This page includes video recordings of the plenary sessions and some of the presentation slides.

27 April 2016

This meeting brought more than 60 PiP members together to begin to navigate the changing respectful relationships education (RRE) landscape in Victoria.

What is the changing landscape?

In August 2015, the Victorian Government announced that RRE curriculum will be mandated in every Victorian public school from prep to year 10 and there will be support for teachers to deliver this curriculum. These changes are what the RRE sector has been calling for and are aligned with what the research says produces positive outcomes in schools.

This roll out of RRE curriculum, to be delivered by teachers, will be supported by an additional $21.8 million for RRE over the next two years. This will include:

  • Funding to train and support approximately 120 selected mentor ‘lighthouse’ schools
  • Professional learning for thousands of primary and secondary teachers to help them teach respectful relationships
  • Dedicated health officers in each of the Department of Education’s local areas to support schools in responding to family violence and making connections with relevant services in the community

This is a huge win, something that the RRE sector has been advocating for decades! It is only occurring because of the work of RRE practitioners in Victoria to build the evidence base on the effectiveness of RRE. The work of PiP members in helping to build this evidence base needs to be celebrated!

There is a lot we still do not know. How long will these changes take to roll out? What will the curriculum look like? What will the support to teachers be? What will the role of the health offices and lighthouse schools be? We do, however, know that the role of the RRE sector will change.

If teachers are being trained to deliver RRE curriculum to their students, this will no longer be the role of external organisations.This is in line with the evidence, which has shown that teachers delivering the curriculum is best practice.

For many years, RRE practitioners provided this curriculum, and did so brilliantly, to fill a gap. But under these changes, this gap will become mainstreamed.

The needs of schools will only increase through these changes. With all Victorian public schools mandated to introduce RRE, there is more opportunity than ever before to work with schools to embed good practice and sustainable, systematic change.  

If teachers are delivering curriculum, it frees up the RRE sector to support schools to embed a whole of school approach. And we know, from the research that a whole of school approach is integral to ensure this work is effective and creates meaningful change. The evidence tells us that confining RRE to curriculum alone limits the impact.

With these changes, the RRE sector can focus on all the elements that are needed for the classroom work the teachers are doing to be successful. A whole of school approach includes:

  • Sustainable and embedded cultural change
  • Changes to school policy and practices to promote gender equality and respectful relationships as part of the school’s core business
  • Community partnerships to encourage safe referral and response pathways for both staff and students
  • Parental engagement to support students receiving consistent messages about gender, respect and equality at home and at school
  • School leadership on board and leading this work within their school
  • All school staff (and not just the teachers delivering the curriculum) receiving professional learning so that core concepts in the RRE curriculum are embedded within other areas of teaching and learning
  • And to mitigate the risks of this work, teachers and school support staff confident in talking to and knowing the referral process for both victims and perpetrators

At the PiP meeting, there were five clear messages from participants:

  • Hope that this will lead to real systematic and sustained changes and opportunities to respond to the drivers of violence.
  • Concern that people’s jobs would change and what this would mean for their role in supporting RRE in the new landscape. This concern was particularly felt by private providers and there were many others strongly supporting these changes.
  • Acknowledgement that we don’t have all the information we need to make an informed assessment of these changes and  a desire for greater engagement with the Department of Education to ensure that the roll out is based in evidence and builds on the great work already happening in local communities.
  • A recognition of the expertise the people in the room individually and collectively hold, and a desire to ensure that these expertise be recognised and included in the development and roll out of the new model of RRE in schools.
  • The need for a greater understanding of a whole of school approach and the specific role of the community sector in supporting this.

It was agreed that a small working group would be established to explore opportunities to engage with the Department of Education.

17 November 2015

This meeting welcomed DVRCV’s new CEO Emily Maguire. Emily announced that PiP had been refunded for 12 months by the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and spoke about some of the challenges for RRE in the future.

PiP members also heard from Cara Gleeson, Policy and Projects Manager of Children and Young People at Our Watch. Cara presented on the now completed Victorian project, Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RREiS), provided an overview of the Respectful Relationships Education in Schools Evidence Paper that is currently being developed and the new National Framework CHANGE the STORY: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.  An audio file of Cara’s presentation and her PowerPoint presentation is available.

To end the meeting, DVRCV’s Prevention Officer, Jacinta Masters, led a facilitated discussion on the new RRE Victorian school curriculum.

Notes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the date title above.

12 August 2015

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

Notes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the date title above.

10 June 2015

At this meeting PiP launched the new Gender Equity Digital Stories video series aimed to initiate discussions around gender equity.

PiP members also heard from Luke Ablett, Gender Equity in Sport Project Officer and Emma Wilkinson, Gender Equity Coordinator, from Maribyrnong City Council. Luke and Emma spoke about the Maribyrnong’s gender equity in sport project, ‘She’s Game: Everybody  Win’s in Sport’.

Notes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the date title above.

11 February 2015 (PiP Forum)

This Forum focused on international speaker, Carlene Firmin, founder of MsUnderstood.org.uk and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Carlene presented on her work ‘‘Game-changing’: understanding and responding to sexual abuse between young people by changing the environments in which it occurs’. 

Dr Anastasia Powell, from Violence and Discrimination against Women Research Network, facilitated a discussion with thre PiP members:

  • Emily Maguire of Our Watch, presented 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 spoke about 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 presented on the Secondary School Nurse program.

12 November 2014

At this meeting, Jacinta Masters was welcomed into the role of Prevention Officer at DVRCV for the next 12 months, Violeta Politoff, Senior Project Officer at VicHealth presented on the National Community Attitudes Survey 2014 and DVRCV’s Prevention Officer, Sharon Simon, launched the new and exciting PiP website.

Notes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the title above.

3 September 2014

This meeting focused on the new Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) curriculum resource Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping out against gender-based violence. Caitlin Greenwell, Student Inclusion and Engagement Division, DEECD, and Dr Debbie Ollis, senior lecturer in health and physical education at Deakin University, introduced and discuss this new resource.

PiP members also heard from four PiP members (Jan Tracey, Jennifer Chambers, Christine Dew and Christopher Lynch) who shared the ideas, strategies and tools they have found successful in building respectful relationships for young people.

Notes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the date title above.

16 July 2014

PiP members heard from Maree Crabbe, Reality & Risk project, Brophy Family and Youth Services; Paul Linossier, CEO, Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children; and two PiP members, Teneille Summers and Mathew Kerr.

Maree explored how pornography and explicit sexual imagery are influencing young peoples’ understandings and experiences of gender and sex. She introduced her projects’ soon-to-be-released secondary school resource, In The Picture: Supporting young people in an era of explicit sexual imagery. This uses a gender-based violence prevention framework and includes a range of materials to support secondary schools in developing a whole-of-school approach to addressing the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

Paul discussed the role of the foundation, its newly developed strategic directions, and results from the organisation’s recent national consultation.

Teneille and Mathew shared the ideas, strategies and tools they have found successful in building respectful relationships for children and young people.

Notes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the title above.

19 March 2014

This meeting included a presentation from Southern Teaching Unit teachers Kate Cooper and Jack Mazurek and roundtable discussions to provide PiP members with an opportunity to share useful strategies, activities and ideas they have found successful in their work.

Kate and Jack presented on their 20-week Gender, the Media and Respectful Relationships program with students at the Southern Teaching Unit. The students, aged 11-15, are either not attending school, in danger of being expelled, or otherwise not thriving in the school environment.

Their presentation included discussion points and tools they use to promote gender equity and challenge violence supportive norms. You can view their presentation here.

You can also view the strategies, activities and ideas shared by PiP members here.

13 November 2013

Presenter Wei Leng Kwok provided a taste of participatory approaches to evaluation, based on the work she has done with VicHealth for its Preventing Violence Against Women projects.

The meeting concluded with a brainstorm around next steps to support PiP members in their evaluation work, including additional training and sharing existing evaluation resources (such as sharing PiP members’ logic models, indicators, evaluation plans and evaluation reports).

Find a summary of the discussion here.

24 July 2013

Almost 50 PiP members came together to share best practice in respectful relationship education, focusing on what is happening in Victoria.

VicHealth’s Emily Maguire led the discussion on what works and doesn’t work, drawing from the 2009 best practice guide developed by DEECD and VicHealth, Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools.

We also heard from five PiP members about how they have integrated best practice into their programs.

View the slides and audio recordings from all six speakers here

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