Parent and carer survey - open now
Have your say! The Working together to strengthen consent education - parent and carer survey, is now open.
Start the survey now. (English version)
Students across NSW, both past and present, have this year called for improved consent education.
Consent is saying yes to something happening or agreeing to do something freely; without fear, force or pressure.
In response to the voices of young people, the heads of the three education sectors signed a Statement of Intent. In this Statement, the NSW Department of Education committed to a number of actions – including partnering with parents and carers to improve consent education.
We are now inviting parents and carers to complete a short, anonymous survey.
We would like to hear your views about how educators of young people – at school and at home – can make sure they have the right knowledge and skills to form healthy, respectful relationships.
This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.
It will help us plan how we can better support consent education at school and at home, and understand the kinds of resources parents and carers would find helpful in having important conversations with their children.
We would like to hear from parents and carers of NSW Public School students of all ages, from all communities.
Together, we can help our children and young people form healthy relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
Consent is saying yes to something happening or agreeing to do something freely, without fear, force or pressure.
In NSW public schools, students learn about consent and how things like pressure from others, drinking alcohol or taking drugs can change the decisions that people make. They also learn how to solve problems and how to act online. In high school, learning about consent changes to include sexual consent as students look at the types of relationships they might have during their life.
The department has partnered with the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations to run a series of webinars for parents and carers on consent education. You can access and watch recordings of our webinars on the department’s website. During our first webinar (held on June 17), we discussed how consent is being taught in schools now, and the next steps to strengthen consent education. Our second webinar (held on September 8) featured adolescent health expert Dr. Melissa Kang, and discussed how parents and carers can best support young people to navigate consent, including advice and resources to support conversations on sensitive topics at home.
Students across the state, both past and present, have called for strengthened consent education.
This was sparked by a petition by former Sydney 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 response, the heads of the three education sectors in NSW signed a Statement of Intent, which recognises the role of parents and carers as the primary and continuing educators of their children, and their importance in ensuring that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to form healthy, respectful relationships.
This survey will help the department to understand the views and perspectives of parents and carers on consent education, including:
- what parents and carers currently know about consent education
- the types of resources they would like to help them speak about consent with their children at home.
The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.
The department would like to hear from parents and carers of NSW Public School students of all ages, from all communities.
This survey is designed for parents and carers of NSW public school students of all ages, from all communities.
The survey is anonymous. There is no way that we can identify you, your child, or your child’s school from the data. All responses are optional and will not be used for identification purposes. The information collected will be stored securely by the department.
Broad demographic information is collected and will be used to understand the supports and resources that may be required by particular communities or in specific areas of the state.
The results will be analysed to help the department plan how we can support consent education in school communities, including how we can support parents and carers to have important conversations with their children and young people at home.
The department is collaborating with Multicultural NSW, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group NSW to ensure the survey is distributed widely, and captures a diverse range of responses. The survey will be translated into 10 different languages, and focus groups will be run in communities less likely to engage with an online survey.
Families have a vital role in teaching their children about relationships, consent and sexuality. Families will lay the foundations for well adjusted, confident and healthy children who go on to experience positive and respectful relationships.
Accessing reliable and accurate information about a wide range of relationships, sexuality and sexual health issues is important to have the discussions at home. Working in partnership with the school will maximise the outcomes for each child.
The department does not mandate external resources, programs or providers. Principals and teachers make these decisions at a local level, based on student needs, community context and resources. As a first step, parents and carers are encouraged to speak to their child’s school about the resources they use and would recommend.
Through the Statement of Intent, we have committed to providing greater support and resources for parents and carers to continue these conversations beyond the school gate.