Presenters

 

Elsie L’Huillier

Family Planning Victoria

Positive Schools VIC – Day One Panellist

 

 

About Elsie

 

Elsie is the Deputy CEO and Manager of Education, Communication and Resource Development at Family Planning Victoria. Her background includes work in child protection, family welfare, vocational education, community development and s*xual and reproductive health. She is a passionate advocate for system change in schools to ensure better outcomes for young people.
Elsie is currently overseeing the implementation of SafeLanding which is Family Planning Victoria’s key s*xuality educational model for schools. The SafeLanding model is designed to address the barriers teachers face in the delivery of s*xuality education.
Elsie is interested in organisational management and has been involved in the establishment of a number of innovative community based programs. She has also researched and published in the areas of child protection and violence against women.

 

 

SafeLanding

 

Family Planning Victoria (FPV) has been a leader in s*xuality education in schools for over 40 years. They believe in the evidence base that supports schools being the best place for children to learn about s*xuality and relationships in partnerships with families. FPV promotes effective educational outcomes through a partnership model with schools, parents and community health providers working together.
Since 2004 FPV has focused on capacity building within schools to enable them to deliver their own comprehensive whole school s*xuality education programs. Using their expertise and experience FPV has produced SafeLanding, a community based model and kit that encompasses professional development for teachers and the provision of practical tools for building sustainable ‘relationship and s*xual wellbeing’ programs.
The SafeLanding model reflects a belief that the barriers teachers face include lack of leadership within schools, little or no pre service training, lack of access to professional development and peer support, limited frameworks to engage community input to s*xuality education programs, fear of parental criticism and a lack of skills, confidence and tools to address the sensitive and complex nature of s*xuality and relationships education.