Safe Schools - update on changes

LGBTIQ Newsletter - August 2016

Since the release of the independent review by Emeritus Professor William Louden and the federal government's own recommendations for changes to Safe Schools Coalition Australia, the Coalition has worked with the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training to clarify the recommendations and make the required changes to the program.

Consequently, the Safe Schools Coalition website now looks a little different and the program’s resources can now be found on the Safe Schools Hub

“Safe Schools Coalition Australia is strongly committed to ensuring teachers and students continue to have access to the support, resources and training they need to create safe and supportive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families,” National Program Director of Safe Schools Coalition Australia, Sally Richardson states.

A range of Australian and overseas research has reported on the severe impact of homophobic and transphobic bullying and violence on young people in schools. Recommendations usually suggest the creation of safe and supportive learning environments that include same-sex-attracted, gender-diverse and intersex students in a positive manner. This is the core aim of the Safe Schools Coalition program.

“Our focus remains on ensuring the program can continue to provide essential support and training for all schools across Australia and that the core objectives of the program are achieved: to reduce homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination in schools and ensure same-sex-attracted, gender-diverse and intersex students are safe, included and supported,” said Sally Richardson.

Staff training provided to NSW teachers via the Safe Schools Coalition NSW will now contribute toward additional hours of QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers working towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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