Explainer: what is Safe Schools Coalition?

Written by Lucy Nicholas on . Posted in News & Updates

 

Recently, Safe Schools Coalition has been accused of “promoting a radical view of gender and sexuality”, and foisting it on schools through “indoctrination”, “enforcement”, and “induction”.

So what is Safe Schools Coalition? And is it indoctrinating students?

What is it?

Safe Schools Coalition describes itself as:

… a national coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

National funding for the work comes from the Department of Education. The Victorian government has funded Safe Schools Coalition Victoria with a commitment to work with every state secondary school by 2019. These groups’ work is based on extensive empirical research about schools as sites of bullying and harassment for same-sex attracted, trans and gender diverse young people.

There are similar whole-school initiatives, including for primary schools, in the UK and elsewhere.

We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools

Written by Lucy Nicholas on . Posted in News & Updates

 

Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are dangerously out of touch with the science of sex, the social research about gender and the realities of the ways that young people already understand their own sexual and gender identities.

In the past weeks and months, the Safe Schools Coalition, a national program that offers outreach and resources to schools to foster a safe environment for LGBTI young people, has come under increasing attack in a range of publications.

SHFPACT 2015 AGM & REPORT

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2015 was another successful year for Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT. On Thursday 19th November SHFPACT members and guests gathered for our 2015 Annual General Meeting at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG). The evening included some very interesting SHFPACT and partner staff presentations on their 2015 conference updates.

You can view our 2015 Annual Report Online > Click Here

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