Western Australia is to be the first state in Australia to bring in a Sex Offender Register. This ridiculous idea was a Liberal Party election pledge in 2008 after young Sofia Ridrigues-Urrutla Shu was murdered in a disabled toilet at a shopping centre.
I don’t believe that a register like this would have prevented this heinous crime and it unfortunately still gives the public the message that it is strangers who abuse children.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, only about 11 per cent of sexual abuse is committed by a stranger; however Dr Cathy Kezelman from the national group Adults Surviving Child Abuse believes the figure is closer to 4 per cent. The reality is that it is usually trusted adults in respected positions and people close to children’s families that abuse children. These people are not going to be found on any register, especially when we have such a poor conviction rate against people who abuse children.
I think the state government should spend those millions of dollars they are spending on this register on a public education campaign and mandatory abuse education into all primary school in the state, as it is in South Australia. Children need the tools to help protect themselves. It is adults’ jobs to protect children but adults may not always be around. And what options do children believe they have when those adults are the ones trying to harm them? Parents need to be able to plug into a proven method of abuse prevention for children, they need tools to implement child safety in their homes, and they need education for how to go about being child safety facilitators.
Jay Dale from UpLoad Publishing Pty Ltd shares my strong belief that it is by educating children to keep themselves safe. Like myself, Jay has written and self funded a wonderful new story book for children called,‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept.’
I would encourage you to purchase this well written, beautifully illustrated children’s book. You can purchase this from Jay’s website www.somesecrets.info
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 email@example.com or 0422971189
Product of the Month
With Christmas around the corner you may like to think of gifts that will keep on giving, giving great messages about how to keep children safe.
Matilda Learns a Valuable Lesson
This book is an invaluable safety resource for those with or those who teach children and a powerful tool for children of all ages and cultures. The end of this book has resource pages for adults, which include going over the main points of Protective Behaviours, and giving specific information to effectively and efficiently deal with receiving a disclosure from a child.
Price AUD $20.00(inc. GST)
Safe 4 Kids Sing Yoursel Safe
This CD contains 14 songs; it comes in a bright green case and is complete with a lyric booklet. Children love to sing, dance and perform, and this music collection allows them to do all that. This CD uses the language of Protective Behaviours, reinforcing to children the themes they have learnt, and encouraging them through the use of catchy, easy to learn songs which will soon become family favourites.
Price AUD $29.95(inc. GST)
A wonderful free resource that is available to parents is a book called ‘Talk soon, talk often’. This is a guide which enables parents to speak with children about the sensitive subject of sex, and the conversation starts at birth. Some parents may find it hard to have these conversations with their children, but just keep in mind that if you don’t talk with them about it, there are plenty of other people who will. Do you want them having those conversations with others and not getting the right messages or worse? According to a recent study of 3000 young adults aged 13 to 17, 70% said they were learning sex education from watching pornography. This is an alarming fact and is one of the important reasons whyparents need to speak with their children about sex and related subjects. http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/2/1276/2/parentcaregiver.pm
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org