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January 3, 2017

Over 8,000 children educated in Personal Safety

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 2016.

 

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   office@childwise.org.au

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