Why Use Protective Behaviours?
Our organisations’ aim is:
- To protect children and young people because we cannot be with them every minute of the day.
- To give children and adults permission to talk about problem or difficult situations they face.
- To empower people with the right to feel safe and act to keep themselves safe.
- To recognise that the majority of children who are abused are abused by someone known to them.
- To provide a safe way of talking about the specific areas of child abuse and domestic violence.
The program strategies can provide the basis for helping children be safe at school and address problems such as bullying. It can also help everyone learn to stay safe from the risks that surround us in everyday life. Many members of the community who work with families and children find training in Protective Behaviours a valuable resource.
The program focus is on everyone Feeling safe, Being Safe and Talking about it.
The program is based on two themes:
- We all have the right to feel safe all of the time.
- Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone.
In conjunction with the two themes are the three major concepts of the program:
- SAFETY – an individual feeling and a basic right for every person
- EARLY WARNING SIGNS – specific physical indicators that alert us to possible risks to our safety
- NETWORKING – identifying people to talk to and developing communication skills
Child Abuse Statistics
- In Australia during 2007-2008, there were 317 526 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect made to states and territories throughout Australia (Australian Institute Family Studies 2009)
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys have experienced some form of unwanted sexual touching (Australian Institute of Criminology 2000)
- 31% of Australian adults have said that they would not believe a child who disclosed being abused (Australian Institute of Criminology 2006)
- 1 in 4 children have witnessed violence against a parent (NAPCAN)