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LOVE BiTES is a nationally recognised Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years, developed by NAPCAN.
It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns. The program emphasises the importance of a whole-of-school commitment to respectful relationship education.
LOVE BiTES aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for
LOVE BiTES education is focused on three critical areas for learning:
The overall aims of the programming are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. When equipped in these areas, NAPCAN believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.
Canterbury-Bankstown has more than 40 trained Love Bites facilitators who have delivered the program to over 2500 local students over the past 5 years. The full day program is offered for free for local high schools which includes 2 x 1hour 45min sessions and a creative arts session in the afternoon.
Students have the opportunity to develop community campaign posters which can be posted around the school to promote positive messaging about the program's key messages as part of the creative arts component of the program. Love Bites Canterbury-Bankstown has also developed a great relationship with the
School of Rap to be able to offer students the opportunity to develop and record a hip hop song about relationship violence and sex and relationships.
Click on the schools below to listen to some of the hip hop songs developed through the Love Bites program.
If you are a teacher and would like the Love Bites program delivered in your school, email the Love Bites Canterbury-Bankstown coordinator to
submit your expression of interest.