In 2015, Child Wise developed a Personal Safety program for
Primary School children. The program takes a holistic 3 way approach to
preventing abuse by educating teachers, parents and children.
With funding from Alfred Felton, YGAP and PROJECT FUTURES,
the program was implemented in 15 public primary schools across Victoria in
The program was delivered in a train-the-trainer approach
with teachers to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program and that
children received ongoing personal safety education throughout their school
years. A total of 557 teachers were trained.
Child Wise also conducted Wise Parent training sessions with 368 parents and carers to ensure they understood the program and could reinforce personal safety messages at home. Parents and carers were also provided with information on how to identify early warning signs and how to respond if any disclosures of child abuse were made.
As a result of the training, teachers and parents indicated
significant increases in knowledge and understanding of how to identify and
respond to child abuse, as well as increased ability to teach children about
personal safety. Overall, 96% of participated gave the training a positive rating.
“Excellent presenter! Very engaging and knowledgeable. I think this is great to be introduced to the schools - well done!“ - Parent
The 15 schools are now in the process of rolling out the program with
their students. A total of 8,026 children will benefit from the program this
year alone. This includes 1,443 children from culturally and linguistically
diverse backgrounds, 224 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, 302
children with disabilities, and 24 children living in out-of-home care.
In 2017, Child Wise will continuing to implement the program in more primary schools throughout Australia.
Click here for more information on Child Wise's Personal Safety program. If your school would like to be involved in the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org