A new Safe Schools anti bullying initiative will be made available from July to assist secondary schools in tackling the unacceptably high rates of bullying and suicide among LGBTI students.
The new initiative will focus on providing training to teaching staff and school leaders to help them respond to and understand the issues faced by LGBTI students and create safe and supportive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people.
Research shows that 80% of the transphobic and homophobic verbal and physical abuse that these young people suffer occurs at school.
Individual schools have the choice to opt in to the initiative and consent will be a central component, with principals required to consult with the school community and seek governing council endorsement prior to adopting the initiative.
Parent consent will be sought for individual student participation in presentations or activities related to the initiative.
Lesson plans previously used under the Australian Government program are not part of the refreshed initiative.
The refreshed initiative will be delivered by SHine SA and replaces the Australian Government program which expires at the end of June.