New Report Calls For Relationships Education To Curb Youth Violence
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth, 16 July 2010
Young Australians should be taught respect and how to deal with conflict while at school, according to a new report by the House of Representatives Family and Youth Committee.
At a time of growing concern over increasing violence among 12 to 24 year olds, the Federal Parliamentary Committee is calling for social development education to be a core component of Australia’s new national curriculum.
“We need to teach our young people from a very early age how to develop and maintain respectful relationships, how to deal in a non-aggressive way with conflict and how to build resilience,” Committee Chair, Annette Ellis said today.
“A consistent theme raised throughout the inquiry is that early intervention to prevent violence from happening in the first place is preferable.”
Ms Ellis said engaging with young people had been a priority for the Committee and more than 1300 young Australians had responded to an online survey expressing their concerns. The majority of respondents said that they had witnessed violence in the last 12 months and over two thirds believe that the incidence and intensity of violence is increasing.
Read the report: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/report.htm