October 22, 2020
In this episode Clare from Victoria Legal Aid talks through the laws about sex that young people should know. These include age of consent, laws around viewing pornography, and explanations of grooming.
Go to Victoria Legal Aid for explanations of the law 1300 792 387. VLA education kit for teachers called ‘Sex, young people and the law’. Youth Law Australia for state-based laws in Australia. Victoria Police provides information on reporting a sexual crime. Our previous episode on consent for more details on talking about this with young people. Clare recommends Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800, Sexual Assault Crisis Line run by CASA 1800 806 292.More information about fpv go to fpv.org.au.
September 11, 2020
Often people think that Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is only for students in senior years of primary school or secondary school. However, there is a lot of information that can be taught to children even before they get to school. Expert educator Athi from Family Planning Victoria, talks about what could be included in an RSE program in pre-school or kindergarten.
More information about FPV go to fpv.org.au. See information about Child Safe Standards. Book- Everyones Got A Bottom by Tess Rowley. .
August 21, 2020
In this episode Anne speaks with Karen Molhuysen from Sexual Health Quarters in Western Australia. SHQ is part of the Family Planning Alliance Australia, and does very similar work to FPV. Karen has some practical advice on starting a conversation about sex with the idea that sex is most often about pleasure.
July 31, 2020
In this episode Anne talks to Dr Gemma Sharp. Gemma is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre where she leads the Body Image Research Group. Gemma discusses young people and genital self image, the rising popularity of labiaplasty surgery and the positive impact education can have on body image.
July 28, 2020
In this episode we provide some small RSE homework tasks for each year level. FPV Schools Manager Bonnie details the skills and knowledge we would like students to have at different stages of their schooling. It is possible that due to COVID restrictions, students may miss out on planned RSE classes this year. Parents and carers who try a recommended task will be helping prepare their children for when life returns to something more like normal.
For more information about FPV and our school programs go to fpv.org.au. Youth Law Australia has state by state information about laws relating to sex and sexting. eSafety Commissioner for information about keeping safe online including talking about pornography with young people.
July 10, 2020
In this episode Anne speaks with criminal lawyer Katrina Marson. Katrina has done extensive international research into Relationships and Sexuality Education as a preventive strategy to reduce the incidence of sexual violence in the community. Katrina discusses the potential impact of RSE programs, barriers to success, and what models work well in other parts of the world.
For more information about FPV @ fpv.org.au. Katrina Marson's paper Ignorance is not Innocence. UNESCO International technical guidance on sexuality education: An evidence-informed approach(2018).