Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is a personal safety program that teaches children skills and strategies to identify, respond to and seek assistance in a range of unsafe situations. .
The Protective Behaviours program teaches and promotes concepts of emotional intelligence, empowerment, assertiveness, problem-solving and an understanding of safety. In teaching these concepts and strategies, Protective Behaviours aims to prevent abuse, increase safety, and reduce violence.

The following key areas are taught in the WA Child Safety Services Protective Behaviours program:
  1. Feelings and Theme 1, “We all have the right to be safe and feel safe at all times”.
  2. (Early) Warning Signs
  3. Safety Check
  4. Theme 2, “We can talk with someone about anything no matter what it is” and Networks
  5. Safe and Unsafe Secrets
  6. Persistence
  7. Body awareness and ownership
  8. Personal space – safe and unsafe touch, social distance and consent.
  9. Assertiveness
  10. Theme and program reinforcement
Our Protective Behaviours professional learning programs help your school to meet:

Parent Workshop
Workshop Cost (2.5 hours): $500.00 + GST

Professional Development Workshop
Workshop Cost (2.5 hours): $500.00 + GST
Workshop Cost (Full Day): $1450.00 + GST

Primary School Student Workshops
Please refer to our Abuse Prevention Education for Primary Schools flyer for more information, including workshop costs. 

Secondary School Student Workshops
Please refer to our Abuse Prevention Education for Secondary Schools flyer for more information, including workshop costs. 

WACSS’ Principal Trainer, Justine O’Malley is one of WA’s pioneers in Protective Behaviours training and served for 16 years on the board of Protective Behaviours Australia and 18 years at Protective Behaviours WA.

Justine has taught Protective Behaviours to children, young people, parents and professionals across Australia and internationally. Justine is the author of Jasmine’s Butterflies and Michael’s Bubbles, two popular Protective Behaviours storybooks and has been the editor of a number of Protective Behaviours resources, including primary school lesson plans for the Department of Education.

Justine is pictured here with Michael’s Bubbles and Jasmine’s Butterflies Illustrator Carey Lawrence.

To purchase these and many other Protective Behaviours books and resources please visit our Online Shop.

Read what our clients say about our workshops: 

 “Excellent content! Very real and interactive, eye opening and informative – EVERYONE should do this!”

“Incredibly knowledgeable presenter who gave real life strategies and techniques. She was passionate and receptive and happy to answer questions.”

“Brilliant! Best PD I’ve been to for a while! So well presented and such good info. Thank you!”

Enthusiastic presenter. Excellent knowledge and skill in area that made the information relevant and interesting. Needs to be publicised, more parents, teachers, nurses, doctors need better knowledge and understanding of how to educate in Protective Behaviours.”

“Fantastic workshop took away lots of things to use in my professional and private life.”

“Amazing, inspiring, interesting, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable. So informative, useful and so incredibly relevant. Really enjoyable to listen to. Loved all the resources and take away ideas to implement right away.“

“Excellent facilitator – very passionate and knowledgeable. Provides a good summary of background/reasoning, as well as how to teach PB to children in an appropriate way.”