When young people learn about respectful relationships they show improved academic outcomes, more positive social behaviour, lower rates of mental health problems and 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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