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NSW consent education material in works

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a woman wearing glasses: Sarah Mitchell: the NSW government will work with the community to combat sexual violence.

Sarah Mitchell: the NSW government will work with the community to combat sexual violence.

The NSW government is developing a new suite of school learning resources for sexual consent education and "respectful relationships".

The heads of the NSW Catholic, independent, and state school systems in March signed a statement of intent to improve consent education in schools.

The move comes after more than 38,000 people signed a petition, started by former Sydney schoolgirl Chanel Contos, calling for earlier and better education around sexual consent in schools.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said in a statement on Sunday a new package of learning materials was currently in the works.

It includes "lesson sequences and stage-appropriate teaching activities" and is linked to the Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education curriculum.

Schools have previously requested curriculum changes, increased support for teachers and school leaders, better communication with students, and improved community and parent connections as starting points.

"This government has made very clear its intentions to work with the community to combat sexual violence," Ms. Mitchell said.

"Schools play an important role, side by side with parents, to instill the values in our students and children on what is acceptable behaviour and how to foster respectful relationships."

The government also this week announced reforms to NSW's sexual consent laws that will make it easier to successfully prosecute sexual assault cases.

Under the laws, accused rapists would only be able to prove sex was consensual if they took active steps to obtain consent.

The new legislation is hoped to be in place by the end of the year.

2 Comments

  • Bubacarr

    Bubacarr

    12:08 AM, 14-06-2021

    Somehow confusing

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  • David Jackson

    David Jackson

    6:20 PM, 31-05-2021

    Does that mean the educational material is going to be about children having sex with adults , teaching it is perfectly a normal thing?? I hope NOT!!!!😠😠😡🤮👹👺

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