Healthy Relationships


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Publication Date

September 25, 2023


Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are key to children and young people’s physical, emotional, and mental development.

A relationship is when two or more people feel connected and share a bond. This can include a professional relationship, a friendship, a family relationship, or a romantic relationship.

A healthy relationship is one where you are respected. It’s a relationship where what you want counts and where you feel valued for who you are. It’s a place where you feel safe and supported, where you are able to share your opinions, talk about your needs, and be honest about who you are and how you feel.

Healthy relationships matter. They can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing and influence how we treat others. This is especially important for children and young people.

Learning about healthy boundaries in early relationships is key, as young people develop relationship skills that will stay with them into adulthood.

In any relationship, boundaries are important. A boundary is a personal rule or limit on how people treat us. Young people should use these boundaries to create healthy and positive relationships with others.

These boundaries help reinforce positive self-esteem as a young person starts to grow into their sense of self. Talking to young people about these boundaries can help keep them safe. Abuse, bullying, and other harmful behaviours will be more recognisable to young people who have a clear sense of relationship boundaries.

A healthy relationship can include:

Being able to talk about what they want and how they feel.
Feeling safe and able to trust the other person/people.
Their needs, wants, opinions, and hopes are respected.
Being able to be upfront about things and know/do what’s best for other people or themselves.

Unhealthy relationships for young people can include:

One large component of an unhealthy relationship can be something called ‘coercive control’. This is an abusive pattern of behaviour that ultimately attempts to trap a person in a relationship. To learn more about coercive control, you can watch this video here.

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