Dale Palmer

Biography

Dale Palmer is the Engagement and Facilitation Manager and lead Facilitator of White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence Schools Program. He has 40 years’ experience as a Teacher, Head Teacher, Deputy Principal, and Principal over five very diverse schools in NSW. Dale is a proud White Ribbon Ambassador.

Abstract

 Building child safe organisations and environments involves negotiating the broader social context and needs of the community. With one in four children exposed to domestic violence in Australia(1), schools are vital to creating a safe space for children. Schools play a key role in violence prevention through a “whole-of-school” approach, maintaining strong relationships with agencies and strategies to embed a culture of respect and equality.

White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence Schools Program is a professional learning program for Principals and school leaders. It offers a holistic organisational framework to embed models of respectful relationships in classroom activities, policy, community engagement, and broader school culture. Breaking the Silence sits within a community development model, enabling schools to develop their own strengths based community solutions that contribute to the prevention of men’s violence against women.

This poster resource charts the history of Breaking the Silence, explores best practice principles, and highlights key findings of an independent evaluation, informing organisational considerations for the prevention of men’s violence against women.

(1)Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse. (2011). The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: A Literature Review. Retrieved from: http://bit.ly/1oiyn2E p.3-4

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