Working together to strengthen consent education
The department is working to strengthen consent education in NSW public schools. On this page, parents and carers can find the latest news on how we're doing this and use our resources to have conversations with their children about consent.
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Past and present students across the state have called for improved consent education. This was sparked by a petition by former student Chanel Contos, which led to thousands of young people sharing their stories of witnessing or experiencing sexual harassment, abuse and violence amongst young people.
In March 2021, the heads of the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and Association for Independent Schools NSW signed a Statement of Intent, outlining the role of schools in strengthening students’ understanding of consent and preventing sexual violence among young people.
The Statement is a commitment to work together, in partnership with key government agencies. It is a commitment to strengthen students’ understanding of consent: both through what they learn at school and what they learn and experience outside the school gates. It is also a commitment to support parent and community engagement in discussions about consent education.
The Statement acknowledges the central role of parents and carers as the primary and continuing educators of their children. The NSW Department of Education has partnered with the Federation of Parents and Citizens of NSW (P&C) to engage parents and carers as critical partners.
In June 2021, the Department and the P&C co-hosted the first of a series of webinars on consent education. It was an opportunity hear about steps the Department is taking to strengthen consent education in NSW and how parents can be involved. Webinar hosts also addressed a number of questions submitted by parents and carers.