Building Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools

Issued Tuesday 13 June 2017

The City of Casey reaffirmed its opposition to the Building Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools Coalition curriculum at a Council meeting on Tuesday 6 June.

At the meeting, Council resolved to write to the State and Federal Minister for Education, Opposition Education Minister and all State and Federal local Members of Parliament seeking an update and to again express its concerns regarding the content and suitability of the Victorian Building Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools curriculum.

In its correspondence, Council will also call for the immediate withdrawal of funding for the curriculum, while maintaining a commitment to anti-bullying education.

The Victorian Building Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools curriculum was introduced following the Federal Government review of the Safe Schools Coalition curriculum.

Council has also resolved to convene a forum of relevant stakeholders to consider the Building Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools Coalition curriculum.

The forum will consider the program’s impacts, suitability and community concerns about the premature sexualisation of young people and sexual political agenda underpinning this compulsory State Government program.

Council will invite parents and parent groups, secondary school principals, faith communities including the Casey Multi-Faith Network, Police, youth representatives, Dr Michael Carr Gregg and other experts on youth development, as well as Dr Dina McMillan, Cella White and Moira Deeming to be involved on a panel.