Coming Up:

Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is a personal safety program which aims to promote resilience in children, young people, and adults, using empowerment strategies, clear communication, and awareness of “safe” behaviours. Ultimately the aim is to reduce violence in our community and prevent child abuse.

The Protective Behaviours program was originally developed as a child abuse prevention program. Today however, Protective Behaviours has a much broader application, not merely focusing on abuse prevention but addressing empowerment, communication, self-esteem, resilience, social skills and other life skills. By teaching and promoting these concepts, Protective Behaviours helps to prevent abuse, reduce violence and promote life-enriching rather than life-depleting experiences.

It encourages people to:

  • Assert their right to feel safe
  • Listen to what their body tells them
  • Follow up by taking action to either solve problems on their own or to seek assistance from other people.

The Protective Behaviours program has universal appeal as it can be applied in a range of settings (including health, welfare, education, violence prevention, and crime prevention) to enhance resilience, encourage a positive sense of self, and promote wellbeing.

Theme 1: We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
Discussion of the first theme of Protective Behaviours including shared Rights and Responsibilities, the Continuum of Safety, and early warning signs / Body Signals.

Theme 2: Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone
Explores the effects of talking to people about problems, how to talk to people, and how to establish an effective personal network.

The Protective Behaviours program has been featured in The West Australian newspaper (online edition).

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