Gender Equality & Preventing Family Violence


ECLC’s Consent Workshops

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) has partnered with high schools across Melbourne’s East to provide workshops on topics related to Consent, Sex, and Social Media and the Law.

Led by ECLCs experienced, multidisciplinary team, these workshops create a safe space for young people to learn about the complexities of these topics.

They build upon the successful state-wide Respectful Relationship initiative, which ECLC has supported locally since 2019. The Respectful Relationships program's strong focus on gender equality, critical to the prevention of violence against women and girls, include a wide range of relevant topics including consent, sexting, cyberbullying, family violence and challenging gender stereotypes.

‘Schools have responded very positively to our content and approach. They are really eager for more support to ensure they can provide a safe and supportive environment for the whole school community.’ Anita Koochew - Community Engagement Lead at ECLC

The workshops have reached around 2,540 students across 11 schools in 2022, and have also been delivered to young people outside of a school setting, including in Youth Leadership programs and Youth Residential Recovery Services.

The workshops cover a range of topics including:

  • Accessing free legal help as a young person and an introduction to Community Legal Centres.
  • The legal definition of consent.
  • Consequences of acting without consent.
  • Considering how building rejection resilience can help.
  • Cyberbullying and sexting
  • Building resilience and seeking support.

If you're interested in learning more about the workshops you can submit an Expression of Interest by completing the Community Legal Education (CLE) Application Form here

Website: Eastern Community Legal Centre