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We know that when young people learn about respectful relationships they:

  • show improved academic outcomes
  • demonstrate more positive social behaviour
  • have lower rates of mental health problems
  • are less likely to engage in violent, risky and disruptive behaviour.

Respectful relationships education provides a framework to develop teaching practice. It supports a school culture in which children and young people can develop relationships based on equality, respect and freedom from violence.

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Dr Justin Coulson is a father of six girls and a positive psychologist. He shares strategies about how to raise resilient girls who understand respect and healthy relationships.

This 6-minute video provides tips for helping boys with emotions, boundaries and developing respectful relationships. It features parenting author and psychologist Dr Justin Coulson.