Dave chats with Thomas McIntyre about New research from Act for Kids reveals that a staggering two thirds of parents do not believe their child knows what to do when they feel unsafe and 45% admit that their child would struggle to identify a safe adult to confide in.
Protective behaviours programs teach people to identify unsafe and safe situations, including understanding personal space, safe and unsafe secrets and what to do when you feel unsafe. But, worryingly the research found that just one third of Australians understand the importance of protective behaviour skills for children.
A controlled, gold-standard study published this month found that those who had completed the Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends™ protective behaviours program demonstrated an increased ability to detect and react to unsafe situations. The study, a collaboration between Act for Kids and three Australian Universities also recommended that parents get more involved in teaching these skills to children.