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Empowering Children to Be Safe. Vital information for parents, teachers and other concerned adults. PACT Conference 25 March 2009. Purpose.

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Empowering Children to Be Safe

Vital information for parents, teachers and other concerned adults

PACT Conference

25 March 2009

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To provide an overview of the knowledge and skills required by parents, teachers and other concerned adults to maximise the ‘people safety’ and wellbeing of children and young people and to encourage them to reach their full potential.

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  • Ignorance

  • Relay ineffective, yet time-honoured safety messages

  • Embarrassment

  • “Protecting children’s innocence”

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Key focus areas

  • Background information

  • Key safety concepts

  • Supportive strategies

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Background information

  • Awareness of risks

  • Methods used by offenders

  • Indicators of abuse

  • Dangerous messages and practices

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Awareness of safety risks

  • Child abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Bullying

  • Family conflict

  • Mental health issues

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Methods used by offenders

  • Who offenders are

  • How they access children

  • Who they target

  • Grooming behaviour

  • How they silence children

  • How they can be detected

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Indicators of abuse

  • Physical and behavioural indicators

  • Handling disclosures

  • Reporting suspicions

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Dangerous Messages & Practices

  • Stranger Danger

  • Obey an adult’s instructions

  • Expectations of affection

  • Positivity bias

  • The policeman/woman will take you away

  • Failing to effectively prepare our children

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Key Safety Concepts

1. I am special, so are you!

2. Safety is my right

3. My body belongs to me

4. I can get help

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1. I am special, so are you!








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I am special, so are you!

To build a healthy self esteem and

encourage respect and empathy for others.

1. Appreciating individuality

2.Expecting respect

3. Expressing ourselves assertively

4. Building resilience

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Safety is my right

To identify and effectively respond to potentially unsafe situations.

1.Right to be safe with people

2. Corresponding responsibilities

3.Preventative safety measures

4. Feeling unsafe

5. Personal emergencies

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My body belongs to me

To identify, prevent and stop all forms of abuse.

1. Body ownership and parts

2.Defining abuse

3. Responding to abuse

4. Known abusers


6.Safe and unsafe secrets

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I can get help

To access help from trusted adults and

relevant organisations.

1. Benefits of talking with someone

2. Developing a safety network

3.Using a safety network

4.Assisting others

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Cautionary notes

  • Ensure information provided is age and developmentally-appropriate

  • Prepare NOT scare

  • Transfer knowledge into safe behaviour through active participation and practice

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Supportive strategies

  • Openness

  • Positive role modelling

  • Behaviour rehearsal

  • Minimise opportunities

  • Act if you suspect abuse

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Personal Safety Australia


Children’s Safety Australia Inc.


Tel: (07) 3379 4475