In 2004, RGI partnered with the Canadian Red Cross – RespectED Division, to utilize their internationally acclaimed curriculum that deals specifically with all forms of abuse, bullying and harassment The Canadian Red Cross, through its “RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention” program has worked to advance the safety of vulnerable people, especially children and youth, for 26 years. Its child maltreatment, bullying, harassment, and relationship violence prevention resources have been recognized internationally. To date, RespectED has reached over 4.4 million adults and children in classroom settings. The program uses an evidence-based model which has been evaluated by numerous academic partners. This research, published in international journals, has shown significant, measurable and positive outcomes.
The success of the program has led to a partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) through which a violence prevention strategy(2010-2020) for all 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been developed. It is based on the approach and best practices of RespectED, Partnerships have also been developed with approximately 20 Red Cross Societies in Asia/Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. These partnerships are resulting in RespectED tools being adapted and used by national school systems, sport groups, government agencies and community-based NGOs.