Protective Behaviours

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This workshop will develop your knowledge and skills in using the Protective Behaviours (PB) to support children and young people in the contexts of Child Protection, Early Intervention, Family Work, and/or Out-of-home Care. PB is a building-block personal safety program which can be adapted in many ways to support children and young people.

PB is based on ideas of feeling safe, being safe and talking about it, and has two themes:

  • We all have the right to feel safe all of the time.
  • Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone.

PB has three major concepts:

  • Safety: An individual feeling and a basic right for every person
  • Early Warning Signs: Specific physical indicators that alert us to possible risks to our safety
  • Networking: Identifying people to talk to and developing communication skills

Children and young people need ways to positively express their needs, worries and good things in their lives. Using PB will assist them to develop the communication, networking and personal safety skills critical for their ongoing personal safety. The focus is on adults teaching children and young people to learn the language of safety and to speak out and tell someone if they feel unsafe in any situation. The course makes it clear that if abuse happens it is never the child’s fault. The responsibility for keeping children safe lies with adults. PB gives you specific safety strategies to support children and young people as well as strategies for your own personal safety. You will develop the skills to embed the language and strategies of personal safety in your work leading to safe and supportive environments for all.

At this workshop, you will develop skills in:

  • Using the Protective Behaviours approach
  • Adapting Protective Behaviours themes, concepts and strategies for different situations
  • Using Protective Behaviours for their own personal safety and increasing the personal safety of those with whom they work

Who should attend?

Workers in child protection, early intervention, family work and out-of-home care sectors