Parents and Community

As parents you want the best for your children. You want them to have positive experiences, healthy relationships and opportunities to learn. You want them to understand right and wrong. You want them to respect others, respect themselves and be respected.

Parents, in partnership with schools, play a key role in teaching children about respect and respectful relationships.

Watch this space for the release of online workshops, parent information resources, and community information sessions.

Download and use the following material in your school to share Respectful Relationships Education with your school community.


Sheffield School Parent and Community Information Session

Sheffield SchoolSheffield School, Tasmania have been working on their school values and mission which are strongly underpinned by the notion of respect. The school is continuing to expand this work by implementing a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships Education.

On the 24 October 2017 Sheffield School hosted a Parent and Community Information session to share information about Respectful Relationships Education and to take a look at some of the lessons that will be delivered as part of this program. There was an opportunity for parents to ask questions of school staff and the writers of the Respectful Relationships Education modules. 

Download the Sheffield School RRE Presentation (Powerpoint, 32mb)

Why Respectful Relationships Education is important for your family

Schools are where children learn how to interact with others and work together in a respectful way. Schools model respectful relationships and can help students to understand that no one should be disrespected or abused.

Respectful Relationships Education support families and communities to ensure students understand how to interact positively with others and to develop respectful relationships as they grow and become adults themselves.

From a young age, boys and girls start to believe there are reasons and situations that make disrespectful behaviour acceptable. It is seemingly innocent remarks to young people that can often be misinterpreted as condoning or excusing disrespectful or violent behaviour.

We might be surprised that saying things like “it’s ok, he just did it because he likes you” and “boys will be boys” excuses this behaviour in the minds of young people. Yet it’s easy to make those excuses without even realising it.

The following resources explore some of these remarks and how they can be interpreted by young people. The ‘Respect Checklist’ shows a range of views from girls and boys about respect. It will give you a picture of what your son or daughter might believe, and how they could react to disrespectful behaviour.


What is Respectful Relationships Education?

Respectful relationships education focuses on developing the skills and understandings students need to be able to interact positively and respectfully with people across a wide range of social situations. It also includes exploring, building and promoting gender equity in relationships and challenging gender stereotypes to ensure that all relationships are based on mutual respect.

The Tasmanian Government’s response to the issue of family violence within school settings is unique in the Australian context.

The materials developed address the full spectrum of childhood with developmentally appropriate activities that can be implemented from birth right through to Year 12. Tasmanian education recognises the importance of the learning that occurs prior to school and aims to partner with parents to develop the early skills to nurture positive relationships within the family unit.

Unpacking the Respectful Relationships Education materials

The teaching and learning package takes a broad focus on developing the skills, understandings and capacities of all students to ensure they can:

  • recognise and maintain respectful relationships within their personal interactions
  • recognise and respond to situations where their own or others’ relationships may not be respectful
  • empower students to take action and advocate within their community to promote respect for all.


How can parents and community support Respectful Relationships Education?

As parents you never know when a situation might come up for a conversation with your child about respect. It could be a proactive, preventative conversation, or it could be that you’ve seen an incident that needs addressing. It’s not always going to be easy, but it’s a conversation worth having. Every time you speak out against disrespectful behaviour, we’re one step closer to creating a more respectful society. has published a guide can you help you start the conversation.