To grow and develop, children and young people need to be provided with safe and secure environments and be surrounded by adults who will protect them from harm.
Services have a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are safe while engaged in their programs: by identifying and minimising environmental risks, by engaging professional and adequately trained and supervised staff and by creating a setting where children and young people can discuss their concerns.
Booklet: Keep Me Safe
This booklet provides information on talking about tough stuff with kids and parents; what to do when a kid discloses abuse, harm or fear of harm; creating a kid-safe service; planning for safety; power and children's safety; tools and activities for kids about safety; a scenario and links to other resources.
Some of the tools from the Kids Central Toolkit are also available to download below, including:
Tool 1A: Identifying Risks (PDF File, 300.6 KB) Can be used to begin a discussion about safety; help families develop strategies and to plan ways of responding to any risks they might face; and help children develop a sense of safety in the knowledge that their concerns have been raised and dealt with.
Tool 1D: Things That Make Me Feel Safe (PDF File, 302.1 KB) Can be used to introduce the topic of safety to children; hear from children about the things that help them feel safe; help with safety planning for individual children; and help families understand what each child needs to feel safe.
Tool 1E: Worryometer (PDF File, 283.3 KB) Can be used to get a sense of how unsafe or worried children are feeling; allow exploration of what is making children feel unsafe, what helps them feel safer and less safe; and help children begin to differentiate between big worries and little worries.
Tool 1F: Helping Hands (PDF File, 297.8 KB) Can be used to find out who children can trust in their networks; to see how small or large a child’s safety network is; and helps with making safety plans, to fill in safety cards for each family member.
Tool 1I: Jumping Jellyfish (PDF File, 399.8 KB) Can be used to explore safety and trust in a fun way; allow children to experiment with trusting someone else in a safe environment; help workers and parents gain understanding of a child’s sense of safety and ability to trust. Also affords a great opportunity to talk about feelings, how we know when we feel safe, how we know if we feel unsafe, listening to our body’s messages and our feelings.