Bravehearts - What we do Bravehearts has been actively contributing to the provision of child sexual assault services throughout the nation since 1997. As the first and largest registered charity specifically and
Bravehearts – What we do
Bravehearts has been actively contributing to the provision of child sexual assault services throughout the nation since 1997.
As the first and largest registered charity specifically and holistically dedicated to addressing this issue in Australia, Bravehearts exists to protect Australian children against sexual harm.
All activities fall under ‘The 3 Piers’ to Prevention: Educate, Empower, Protect – Solid Foundations to Make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
Children are the most vulnerable members of society therefore it is never too early to begin sowing the seeds of personal safety. Children can begin learning valuable lessons to help keep them safe from as young as 2-3 years old.
Providing age appropriate information around body ownership and a right to be safe from an early age allows for these messages to become part of the child’s everyday language and helps to build self-esteem and resilience in children.
Parents and carers play a vital role in this process as first educators of children in their care. Once children commence formalised care arrangements and/or school, a positive partnership between both school and home is then important to reinforce key personal safety messages in a clear, consistent manner to eliminate confusion for children and encourage a shared language that is easy for young children to understand, remember and use.
The five basic principles we need to teach children (between the ages of 3-8) are:
To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings
To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe or unsure
That they own their bodies
That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it
That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust
DITTO’S KEEP SAFE ADVENTURE SHOW
This fun and interactive personal safety program has reached hundreds of thousands of Australian children since its inception in 2006.
Delivered by experienced facilitators to early learning, child care and lower primary school students, this is 30 – 40 minute live production is tailored for children aged from ages 3 to 8. The show effectively teach personal safety strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from sexual assault to bullying.
The program underpins children’s instinctive understanding of feelings around their personal safety in a way that is non-confronting, safe and highly effective. Themes covered in the show include;
Yes and No Feelings
Scared and Yucky Feelings
Private Parts and Privacy
It’s OK to say NO if you don’t feel safe
What to do if you feel unsafe or unsure
Thursday 9th September 2021
KG1 and KG2 at 11.15am
Cost: $7.50 (automatically charged to weekly fees)
(Thursday) 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Benowa Hills Early Learning centre
38 Tambourah Drive