The Carlton Football Club is proud to launch its Carlton Respects: Road to Respect program, a digital learning platform aimed at educating students about respect and equality. 

Carlton Respects is the Carlton Football Club’s flagship community initiative, promoting gender equality for the prevention of violence against women. 

The platform’s purpose centres around prevention and positive impact, stopping disrespect at the start by having an impact in young people’s lives and aiming to grow a society where violence is eradicated. 

The Carlton Respects Schools Program was originally developed in 2016 and was delivered to Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region. 

The Road to Respect program was created as a result of the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted the Club to restructure the way the program was delivered.  

The development of the platform, in partnership with Millipede, now allows a larger number of schools to be reached across the country, free of charge. 

The platform has been designed to align with the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training’s ‘Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships’ (RRRR) curriculum and focuses on four key sessions: managing emotions, bullying and help-seeking, being a buddy and gender stereotypes as well as values and respect. 

As part of the launch of the platform, the Club engaged with year five and six students from Kingsbury Primary School. These students were the first to have access to the finished program. 

The Road to Respect program’s launch coincides with the sixth AFLW Carlton Respects Game, which will take place this Friday night at IKON Park against the Western Bulldogs.

Carlton CEO Brian Cook said he is proud to see the growth of the Carlton Respects Schools Program to now incorporate an innovative new digital learning platform. 

“Carlton Respects is a core part of what we deliver as a Club and it drives home a message that we feel is of the upmost importance,” Cook said. 

“The Road to Respect program is such a valuable initiative as it enables us to get our message into schools with the aim to stop violence before it has a chance to start. 

“The Carlton Respects fixture is so much more than the orange socks the players wear, and the Carlton community has been wonderful in their support of the cause.” 

“We hope to continue growing the Carlton Respects program with the support of the community which enables us to spread the message around gender equality for the prevention of violence against women.” 

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence or sexual assault, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit Counsellors are available 24/7 for phone and web chat. In an emergency, call 000. 

If you are in a position to help, a donation to the Carlton Respects program would be greatly appreciated to assist in continuing work in the gender equality space.  

For all Carlton Respects enquiries, contact