Protective Behaviours Program
The Protective Behaviours Program is a personal safety program aiming to empower children, young people, and adults with strategies to promote safety and resilience.
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.
There are ten key areas that are taught in the Protective Behaviours program:
- Feelings and Theme 1, “We all have the right to feel safe at all times”.
- Early Warning Signs – the physical signs our bodies give us when we may be unsafe.
- Safety Continuum – the range of feelings: safe/fun to feel scared/risking on purpose/unsafe.
- Theme 2, “We can talk with someone about anything no matter what it is” and safe/unsafe secrets.
- Networks – identifying trusted adults who can help.
- Persistence expectation – persist in seeking help until the child feels safe again.
- Body awareness and ownership – understanding the difference between private and public, and “I’m the boss of my body”.
- Personal space – safe and unsafe touch, social distance and consent.
- Theme and program reinforcement.
Our Protective Behaviours professional learning programs help your school to meet:
- Department of Education Non-Government Schools Standard 12 Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse
- Department of Education Government Schools Child Protection Policy and Procedures
We offer Protective Behaviours professional learning workshops, parent workshops, school presentations and agency referrals for in-home education.