Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.18 Promoting Protective Behaviours

The Service considers its role in the protection of children of utmost importance and therefore takes a proactive approach in supporting families and children through promoting protective behaviours to ensure children’s ongoing safety, wellbeing and protection.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Family and Child Commission Act 2014
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.4; 4.2.1; 5.1.1, 5.1.3; 5.2.2, 5.2.3; 6.1.2; 6.2.1, 6.2.2; 6.3.1; 7.3.5
  • Policies: 2.1 – Respect for Children, 2.2 – Statement of Commitment to the Safety and Wellbeing of Children and the Protection of Children from Harm, 2.10 – Reporting Guidelines and Directions for Handling Disclosures and Suspicions of Harm, 3.3 – Educator Practices, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 9.6 – Parent and Community Participation.

Procedures

Management, nominated/certified supervisors and educators shall be committed to providing an environment that encourages children’s personal safety and promotes the well-being of all children at all times.

Co-ordinators and educators support children’s personal safety through:

  • Reinforcing protective behaviour strategies such as:
    • ‘We all have the right to feel safe all of the time’; and
    • ‘Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk to someone about it’.
  • Encouraging children to interact and/or physically touch other children in a safe and non-threatening way
  • Building on children’s problem solving, reasoning and communication skills (e.g. brainstorming safe strategies for unsafe situations)

Co-ordinators and educators actively encourage children’s personal safety behaviours in all sorts of situations including:

  • Outside in the sun
  • Using the road while walking or riding
  • Being cautious and aware of strangers
  • Who to go to for help if lost or feeling uncomfortable about an event or person,

Co-ordinators and educators collaborate with families to ensure children’s learning about personal safety is culturally appropriate.

Co-ordinators liaise with school administration to ensure awareness of personal safety programs provided within the school setting.  These events are communicated to educators to prepare them for children’s questions and/or comments.

The Co-ordinator liaises with management and families to develop and implement strategies for providing opportunities for personal safety programs for children to be included as part of the service program.

Reference:  Protective Behaviours Consultancy Group of New South Wales Inc. (2007 3rd edition). The Protective Behaviours Program. Using PB with Kids . New South Wales, Australia: The Protective Behaviours Consultancy Group of NSW Inc .

Reviewed 9 February 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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