Sacred Heart School teaches Protective Behaviours through the evidence based ‘Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum’ which assists students to recognise unsafe situations, respond to unsafe situations and tell a trusted adult if they feel unsafe. The trusted adults in children’s lives might include parents, teachers, neighbours and emergency helpers such as Police and Counsellors from the Kids Help Line. This is another reason why we avoid using the catch phrase ‘Stranger Danger’ as there may be times that a stranger is the very person a child needs to turn to for help.
Protective Behaviours education through the Keeping Safe Curriculum is about providing students with information and skills that can help prevent abuse, without making students frightened of their world and includes topics such as:
- Body signals/warning signs
- Networks (trusted adults)/Persistence
- Safe and Unsafe Secrets
- Correct anatomical names for body parts
- Rules about touch
- Personal space and consent
- Assertive skills – the right to say no
- Problem solving strategies
- Responding to emergency situations
- Online safety
Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum is integrated into the Health Curriculum and as well as being taught by all teachers in K – 6.