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Safer Spaces in Music Education workshop – Christchurch – 31 Jan 2024

January 31 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

MENZA is thrilled to be partnering with Safer Spaces in Music Education (SSME) to present this very important workshop. It is made possible by funding from the Networks of Expertise, and the workshops are free for all music educators. There is only room for 30 participants, so be in quick! It’s a perfect opportunity to get together with other local music teachers and food is included. You will also be able to receive a PLD certificate.

The ‘Professional Respect’ Workshop is a bespoke training designed to support Worksafe’s Health&Safety guidelines to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The Professional Respect training day has been developed in conjunction with SoundCheck Aotearoa and are based on a similar training that has been rolled
out across the screen sector.

The full-day training is friendly and interactive and the content includes:

  • Definitions of sexual harassment and sexual harm within New Zealand legislation
  • WorkSafe obligations and legal requirements for workplaces
  • Guidance for receiving disclosures of sexual harm and supporting survivors
  • Options and pathways for reporting sexual harm and support services available
  • Strategies for preventing sexual harm and fostering a respectful work environment
  • Practical tips for bystander intervention.

The day starts at 8.30 for tea and coffee, with an opening karakia at 9am sharp, and runs through until 5pm. Breaks and refreshments/lunch will be provided. The training days are facilitated by sexual harm prevention and response specialists Rachel Harrison and Mel Calvesbert, who are experienced practitioners in sexual harm prevention and response and they will ensure that the discussion is safe, constructive and respectful. There will be no requirement to share personal information in the workshop. If you have any concerns and would like to discuss how to attend or contribute in a safe way, please contact Nicky or Judith.

Nicky Fogden-Smith will be the liaison and host for this workshop as it is offered to ForteMusic ITMs and the remainder of places are open to any music teacher.

As this workshop will reach capacity, there will also be another date in term 1 of 2024, 8.30am-5.00pm on Friday March 15th. 

Venue:  Hagley College, X Block

Please register so that we can make the necessary arrangements for catering and resources and so we can keep in touch about the day and provide the information. Click here to register.

Thank you for supporting this initiative!

Quote from male attendee: “Safer Spaces workshop was a day well spent. I was quickly put at ease and had a really fun and valuable day, and learnt some really useful information. The presenters were excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone in the music and arts field whether a teacher or performer or director”


January 31
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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