As part of the Health Curriculum, students from Campbell Primary School will be completing a unit of study set by the Department of Education, called Protective Behaviours.
Protective Behaviours is an internationally acclaimed personal safety and child abuse prevention program endorsed by the Department of Education in Western Australia.
The program involves a series of age-appropriate lessons where students discuss their right to feel safe and actions they can take to avoid possible unsafe situations. Teaching preventative strategies is a proactive way to strengthen children’s ability to keep themselves safe and minimise risk.
Each year level’s learning tasks differ slightly but are based around the same two central themes;
- We have the right to feel safe at all times.
- We can talk with someone about anything no matter what it is.
The 10 Main Protective Behaviours Topic Areas Include;
- “We all have the right to feel safe at all times” & Feelings
- Early Warning Signs (the physical sensations we experience in our body when feeling unsafe or
- Safety Continuum (safe I fun to feel scared I risking on purpose I unsafe) & Problem Solving (How
could someone feel safe even if…?).
- Networks (Identifying adults that we can talk with and ask for help if we feel unsafe I scared I worried).
- Persistence Expectation (Persisting in asking for help until you feel safe again).
- Body Awareness and Ownership & Private and Public parts of the body (including teaching and
using the correct anatomical names for private parts of the body), Private and Public clothing I Private and Public places I Private and Public behaviours.
- Personal Space (social distance) & Safe and Unsafe Touch.
- Assertiveness (body language/ tone of voice I NO GO TELL).
- Theme and Program Reinforcement
As some of these topics are of a sensitive nature, teachers will apply strategies to ensure a safe trusting learning environment is established.