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Safer Communities for Children

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See training calendar to book your place. For other locations please submit an enquiry to express interest in this program.

Safer Communities for Children:

A community approach to protective behaviours

Safer Communities for Children is an inclusive, culturally safe, whole-of- community protective behaviours program, specifically designed for young children aged four (4) to eight (8) years. The program can be  delivered by local community members and services across a range of settings such as schools, family centres and early childhood environments in urban, rural and remote settings.

The program is based on seven (7) bush animal stories with specific messages about safety that also reinforce community responsibility to value and protect children. 

A unique aspect of the program is that it elicits the voices of children on what makes them feel safe, and encourages adults to respond in ways that are meaningful and relevant for their children and community.

Safer Communities for Children offers a new approach to protective behaviours in that it:

  • is a primary prevention approach that seeks to prevent all types of abuse and neglect
  • is focused on children’s wellbeing and their rights
  • gives children a voice
  • focuses on raising community awareness of every adult’s role in protecting and supporting children, and
  • provides practical strategies for parents, services and communities to hear from children about what makes them feel safe, and to create physically and emotionally safe and friendly environments that promote children’s safety and wellbeing.

Kits can be purchased by people who have completed the program at an additional cost of $120, and include:

  • a facilitator manual – with session plans to support community members and local service providers to deliver the program to young children in their own community
  • the bush animal stories
  • a set of ‘feelings cards’ – that can be used by parents, caregivers, workers and community members to reinforce program messages and support children to learn and talk about feelings
  • a set of two posters.

If organisations have more than one person undertaking the training, they may wish to purchase just one kit.  The feelings cards can also be purchased separately.