LoVE BiTES is an extremely successful Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years.

Community Northern Beaches are the area coordinators for LoVE BiTES on the Northern Beaches.

There are now a number of available facilitators on the Northern Beaches from multiple agencies/organisations who have completed the Love Bites facilitators training. The program comes at no cost to schools or students. If you would like to make an enquiry and have LoVE BiTES at your school, please use this contact form:

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LoVE BiTES is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years. It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns. Love Bites is a flexible model with options to use a full day or multi session delivery approach. 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 skill development

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.

LoVE BiTES Junior is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships for 11-14 year olds.

It is a suite of 3 programs which evolved out of the success of Love Bites, a well-established respectful relationship education program designed for young people aged 15-17 years. Since Love Bites was initially implemented in 2003, community feedback from across Australia has consistently included the need for respectful relationship education programs for younger students.

The LoVE BiTES Junior Program consists of 3 programs:

LoVE BiTESJunior’s 3 programs are designed to be delivered consecutively as the sessions are deliberately scaffolded to incrementally build young people’s skills.

What are the aims of LoVE BiTES program?

What makes LoVE BiTES, LoVE BiTES?

LoVE BiTES is a program that promotes a clear, consistent community approach to the issues of Relationship Violence from workers and teachers in local communities.

LoVE BiTES is run by male and female facilitators working together.

Where appropriate, LoVE BiTES sessions do not segregate male and female students. All sessions aim to be conducted with an equal number of male and female students.

LoVE BiTES uses several presentation styles to actively involve young people, including youth-led small group activities; peer-to-peer learning, and art, music and drama workshops.

LoVE BiTES creates local community campaigns developed and led by young people to prevent Violence against Women.

LoVE BiTES generates local ownership of the program as communities adapt the model to fit with their communities. The program uses local scenarios and local service providers to discuss the issues from the local perspective.

LoVE BiTES promotes an integrated partnership approach to prevention for services working in the areas of Domestic and Family Violence; Sexual Assault, Youth and Child Protection; bringing together the Police, Women’s Refuges, Sexual Assault Services, Child Protection Services, Youth Services, Family Support Services and Aboriginal Services.

LoVE BiTES has the potential to improve working relationships between service providers through the co-facilitation of this positive prevention program.