Safer Communities for Children is a kit that offers an inclusive, culturally safe, whole-of-community protective behaviours and respectful relationships approach, designed for young children aged around four (4) to eight (8) years.
It is based on seven (7) bush animal stories with specific messages about safety that also reinforce community responsibility to value and protect children.
The kit can be used by local community members and services across a range of settings such as schools, family centres.
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.
Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea is provided, BYO lunch.