Protective Behaviours

1 Day Workshop

The Protective Behaviours program promotes the safety and well-being of all children by providing tools, strategies and resources to help them respond to situations where they may feel unsafe.

The Protective Behaviours message is delivered in a clear, simple and non-confronting way, using fun and engaging activities. The program has been developed in accordance with children’s ages and developmental stages for application at home, in educational settings and throughout the wider community.

The Protective Behaviours program teaches and promotes concepts of emotional literacy, 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 Protective Behaviours program teaches 10 topic areas:

  1. Feelings and Theme 1, “We all have the right to feel safe at all times”.
  2. Early Warning Signs – the physical signs our bodies give us when we may be unsafe.
  3. Safety Continuum – the range of feelings: safe/fun to feel scared/risking on purpose/unsafe.
  4. Theme 2, “We can talk with someone about anything no matter what it is” and safe/unsafe secrets.
  5. Networks – identifying trusted adults who can help.
  6. Persistence expectation – persist in seeking help until the child feels safe again.
  7. Body awareness and ownership – understanding the difference between private and public, and “I’m the boss of my body”.
  8. Personal space – safe and unsafe touch, social distance.
  9. Assertiveness
  10. Theme and program reinforcement.

The program is designed to open the doorway to discussion and break down societal norms that can inhibit disclosures.

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the ten topic areas of the Protective Behaviours program and the skills to deliver the program to their client group.


  1. Identify the indicators of child sexual abuse.
  2. Explain the stages of the grooming process and how it inhibits the disclosure of abuse.
  3. Describe the impact of trauma on emotional regulation.
  4. State the ten topic areas of the Protective Behaviours program.
  5. Plan an abuse prevention activity using the Protective Behaviours framework.