Youth Services

Youth Services

Working with young people is one of the most effective ways of preventing sexual violence.

RespectEd Aotearoa offers a number of programmes for young people. We can tailor these programmes to meet the specific needs of the young people in your group.

Get in touch with to find out more about these programmes and to discuss.

Friends, Whānau & Flirting

Friends, Whānau & Flirting is a programme aimed at over-16s who are affected by a mental, intellectual, or learning disability. The programme uses resources from FullPower’s ‘Healthy Relationships’ programme – including videos, games, role-plays, and activities. The programme allows participants to improve their understandings of healthy relationships and interactions, knowing when and how to say ‘stop’ and knowing how to get help.

Friends, Whānau & Flirting (Teens)

Friends, Whānau & Flirting (Teens) is a strengths-based prevention sexual violence prevention programme run on a weekly basis for a set number of sessions (dependent on the needs of the group). By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Understand the different types of relationships.
  • Identify healthy relationships and interactions.
  • Understand unhealthy or unsafe behaviors within relationships, and how to access help and support.
  • Grow confidence in assertive responses around consent and healthy relationships as well as maintaining safe personal boundaries.
  • Know more about consent, and safe personal boundaries.
  • Understand body language and verbal language around expressing consent.
  • Gain confidence in knowing when and how to say ‘stop’.
  • How to safely help and friend or access help for themselves.

The workshops are facilitated in a co-gendered model and include videos, games, role-plays, and activities.

Mates & Dates

Mates & Dates is taught to years 9-13 and aims to teach young people how to have healthy relationships based on respect, negotiation and consent, identify inappropriate behaviour, get help if they, or someone they know, are in an unhealthy relationship and safely intervene in situations that could lead to harm. Mates & Dates is a strengths-based programme based on the belief that all young people are able act with respect towards their mates, dates, and family in all interactions.

RespectEd Aotearoa is a provider of the Mates & Dates programme in the Wellington, Gisborne, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Whanganui regions. 

Pornography module for students

Internet pornography is highly accessible, free and normalises numerous unhealthy ideas about sex and relationships. This programme is aimed at supplying young people with the tools to think critically about images they see in the media; focussing specifically on the messages depicted in pornography. The workshop discusses healthy relationships, consent, the messages found in pornography and the impacts these messages have on sex and relationships.

Pornography module for staff & parents and whānau

This interactive workshop is aimed at empowering parents and others working or living with teens to have conversations about relationships, sex and pornography with their teens. These conversations can be tricky to navigate and we aim to provide an informal and safe environment where we can use practical tools to engage young people in these awkward conversations. This workshop will cover how to talk about healthy relationships, consent and how to get young people to understand how the sex we see in pornography is very different to sex in the real world.

Who Are You?

Who Are You? covers sexual violence definitions, the law and consent, what it means to be an ethical bystander and the different ways in which we all can be ethical bystanders. Young people can play an important role in preventing sexual violence in this context by behaving ethically and stepping in when someone may be vulnerable. However, identifying when someone is vulnerable is not always easy and stepping in requires confidence and knowledge of how to do so appropriately.