SHINE SA Safe Schools

SHINE SA Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative is a Department for Education and Child Development funded program dedicated to making schools safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

This initiative is delivered by SHINE SA and builds on our proud history of working with schools to reduce homophobia and transphobia and to deliver an inclusive relationships and sexual health curriculum through the Focus Schools program.

Australian research shows that young people are still experiencing high levels of homophobia and transphobia in our schools, and that teachers are often unsure of how to respond and what actions to take. There are simple ways schools can proactively reduce related prejudice and discrimination, and ensure students feel safe, valued and connected to their school community. This is essential for all students for health, wellbeing and ongoing engagement in education.

This program takes a whole school approach to support all staff to understand their role in creating safe and inclusive learning environments. It goes beyond the classroom to look at school policy, practice, the school environment and student leadership opportunities.

There is a range of free support available for all schools across all education sectors including:

  • student resources and posters
  • consultancy and support
  • tailored professional development
  • guide to kick starting your safe school

Many South Australian schools are successfully supporting gender diverse and transgender students to be their true selves at school. SHINE SA Safe Schools can provide advice and support to help schools who may be unsure of what they can and should do to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for gender diverse and transgender students.

If you are a student, parent or school staff member and want to find out more, get your school involved, take action or access free posters and student resources, register your interest in SHINE SA Safe Schools or contact us on the details below.

Kelly Treloar, SHINE SA Safe Schools Project Officer

safe.schools@shinesa.org.au or (08) 8300 5328

Click here for a full list of available courses.

 

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