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I recently read some statistics out of the USA (Snyder,H), and the most disturbing one of all was that 14% of all victims of Sexual Assault reported to Law Enforcement Agencies were under the age of 6. This only goes to strengthen my conviction about the need to start Abuse Prevention Education with children at a very young age.

I am often asked at my training sessions, "At what age should I start teaching children about these principles?" The answer is - as young as possible. We need to empower children, teach them that they have rights, give them the language to be able to disclose, and help them get the message that they can tell us anything.

November last year I was asked to run a workshop for Family Day Care Educators for the second consecutive year. There were over 60 participants, 20 of whom attended the previous year. Shortly after returning home I received some emails from one participant expressing her gratitude and explaining that it was the second time she had attended the training. She had started teaching children in her care what she had learnt at my workshops, and had received a disclosure from a four year old boy.

He had never told a soul, although he would tell his mum that he hated his dad, and wanted him to die, each time he had to go to his dad's for the weekend. His mum and Grandpop would say, "You must not say that, you should love your dad," or "He is trying to be a good dad," or "Hate is not a nice word."
The child felt he had nowhere to turn, mum was not listening to his strong words of hatred but telling him he must love his dad.

This young man was trying to disclose, but at four, unless you've been given the words, it comes out as things like, "I hate my Dad". He is then met with well intentioned, but unfortunately unhelpful messages that put him at risk of further harm. Protective Behaviours gives children the words, the ability, the means, and the opportunity to be proactive in their own safety and wellbeing. This Programme is not about blaming or fault finding, people simply don't know how to empower children without the necessary tools. We provide these tools.

If you would like to read the whole story about this young man and how Protective Behaviours made a difference click here to check out my blog.

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Safe4Kids Training Programs:

Holly-ann provides specialised training for teachers, childcare educators and parents to provide them with skills and practical ideas for teaching Protective Behaviours to children. You can begin to implement this program in your school, childcare centre or home with a basic training workshop - in two hours you can gain enough knowledge to immediately start teaching your children and begin modeling the language, concepts and strategies of Abuse Prevention Education.

Basic Training is a two hour professional development for teachers and childcare educators, presented by Holly-ann Martin as an introduction to her ten-week lesson plan.

Classroom Mentoring is also available for more detailed and practical training for teachers.

Parent Workshop is a two hour session packed with fantastic ideas for parents to begin practicing pro-active behaviour and language with their children at home.

Holly-ann is also available for customised in-house training and consulting by request.

If you would like more information about training, or would like to engage Holly-ann as a speaker at your event, please contact her directly at holly-ann@safe4kids.com.au