Respectful Relationships

The Respectful Relationships initiative fosters a school culture of inclusivity and gender equality.

  • Tier: Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
  • Type of intervention: Whole school approach to mental health, Social and emotional learning and mental health literacy
  • Strength of evidence: Registered professional
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

The Respectful Relationships initiative is a whole-school approach that trains teachers and supports schools to model and promote respect, positive attitudes and behaviours.

It teaches children and young people to build healthy relationships and their self-confidence. Respectful Relationships embeds a culture of respect and gender equality across the entire school community. The initiative includes:

  • intensive training
  • teaching materials
  • support for implementation.

Intended outcomes

Create a culture of respect and gender equality across the entire school community.

Program details

Target audience
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
  • Primary school students
  • Primary school students – lower
  • Primary school students – upper
  • Secondary school students
  • Secondary school students – lower
  • Secondary school students – upper
Program providerDepartment of Education VIC
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online

Implementation considerations

  • Factors to consider: All Government schools are signed up to the whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. Schools are required to implement and embed a sustained approach to Respectful Relationships to support student wellbeing.
  • Staffing: Backfilling may be required to attend training and provide time-release for teachers to coordinate and plan to support implementation of the initiative.


  • Item cost: Free
  • Detailed cost: Free