Protective Behaviours WA is Western Australia’s leading prevention education organisation working in WA and Internationally to prevent child abuse.
Our programs seek to prevent child abuse by providing greater awareness and understanding; as well as providing the tools and strategies for individuals, organisations, parents, families and communities to address and deal with these issues. Our strong and specialised service provides a dynamic professional response to child protection.
Orbit is a sexual abuse prevention program consisting of a computer game, classroom activities, website and associated resources. The program is designed for children aged between 8 and 10. It is a free program created by the University of the Sunshine Coast with financial and in-kind support from the Telstra Foundation, Queensland Police Service, Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Sunshine Cooloola Services Against Sexual Violence Inc. and Curious Bear game development company. The Orbit program is designed to be integrated with your classroom activities over a period of 5 to 10 weeks. The computer game is not a standalone resource, it is designed to be played weekly alongside the classroom activities that extend and reinforce key learnings from the game. These classroom activities are provided in the Orbit Teachers’ Guide. Additional classroom activities are also provided in theClassroom Activities section of this website.
In response to continued demands to support children in emergency care, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation introduced Buddy Bags in 2007.
Buddy Bags are backpacks containing new and essential items, such as toiletries, pyjamas, socks, underwear and a pillowcase, as well as comfort items such as a book, photo frame and teddy bear. Restoring a sense of safety and security into children's lives during a traumatic time is one of the first steps to recovery, and Buddy Bags help to make this transition a little easier. Buddy Bags are something children can call their own, no matter where they go.
Resources for Children & Young People
Below are various resources that can be used with young victims of violence. Some offer preventative ways for children and young people to learn how to stay safe, while others act as therapeutic tools for children and young people and can be used in Refuges or other services to help young clients speak about their experiences and enhance mother-child bonding.
The Bear Cards ® are a beautiful, high quality set of feeling cards featuring 48 bear characters showing a wide range of emotions. They teach children to identify feelings.
While only small, gemstones can bring peace and hope to young clients when they are fearful or anxious. Give each child a little gemstone and let them know that they can keep it with them where ever they go. When they feel scared they can hold onto it or keep it in their pocket and it will hlep them feel strong.
Please be careful not to give very young children small gemstones as they can be a choking hazard.
The Children’s Welcome Pack is an invaluable resource for any refuge or children’s worker to use with young survivors of domestic violence. This third edition has been updated and split into three separate age-specific packs to acknowledge the differing experiences of children and young people. Each one is free to download. Illustrated in bright colours with plenty of space to encourage creativity, the packs are fun for children to use and aim to help them feel at home in their new environment. Children and young people using these packs in refuge services may be leaving behind family, friends and belongings and these resource packs can help children to understand what a refuge is and how their new surroundings will help them. The packs also aim to help rebuild self-esteem and support your work in other non-refuge settings, and also to engage young people in activities about healthy and respectful relationships.
Make a worry box: Buy cardboard boxes or find shoe boxes to use. Each box is then painted and decorated (stickers, glitter, pictures from magazines etc.). Children then write any worries that they have on a piece of paper and put them in the box. The box holds the worries for them so that they don't have to carry them around anymore (they can also be encouraged to show these worries to a safe person - parent or carer). Children take the box home and keep the worry box beside their bed. At the end of each day if there is something that they are worried about they can write it down and put it in the box.
The purpose of 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure Show' is to teach children protective behaviours in a non-confrontational, fun and engaging fashion. Bravehearts' Education Teams deliver the show's messages into schools, day care centres, shopping centres, sporting clubs and other facilities (relating to the care of children) to provide students, parents, teachers, carers and the general community with specialised child sexual assault awareness and education.
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.
It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment.
So what are you waiting for, let’s do this.
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