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 1D: Things That Make Me Feel Safe (PDF, 302KB)
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, 284KB)
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.