Did you know the number of children sexually assaulted and exploited each year in Australia is conservatively estimated at 60,000?
The good news is that together we can prevent the crime of child sexual assault and exploitation by MAKING IT OUR JOB TO PROTECT KIDS.
So how can you make child protection your job? Try taking these protective actions with the children in your life today:
Read up on the latest facts and stats around child sexual assault and exploitation in Australia to gain an understanding of the prevalence of this crime, the effect on victims and how it affects us as a society.
If you have children in your life, then download our Parent Guide about teaching kids personal safety. This guide outlines simple steps you can take to help keep children safe.
Empower your school community by booking Bravehearts’ education program Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure, which teaches personal safety skills to children aged 3-8 in a fun, interactive and age-appropriate way. Not only will the children learn how to keep safe, but they will take their new-found knowledge and skills home with them to educate their families and friends about what they have learned, taking the message far beyond the classroom.
Do you have pre-teen children in your care or are you an upper primary school teacher? Bravehearts’ cybersafety program CyberEcho, developed in partnership with Google, teaches children how to learn, communicate and interact safely while online.
PROTECT YOUR TEENS
Young people face a unique set of challenges when it comes to personal safety, which means caregivers need to keep up to date on how to keep their teen kids safe, particularly in the ever-changing digital landscape. If you are struggling to understand how to protect the teens in your life, Bravehearts can help. We have a program for high school called ProjectYou! and tips on our website for keeping kids and young people safe online.
EMPOWER YOUR TEENS
Young people can help to keep their own online space safe through Bravehearts’ initiative, Join the Dots. Through this easily accessible online reporting system, young people are able to play an important role in protecting themselves and other young people online. If they notice something or someone suspicious online, they can anonymously report this information to us here at Bravehearts and we will share this with the police. Join the Dots provides a safe space to share the information they have without fear of judgement. If you have a teenager in your life or work with teens, tell them about Join the Dots and empower them to help keep themselves and their peers safe from online predators.
BUY OUR PERSONAL SAFETY PARENT PACK
Would you like help teaching your children about personal safety? Why not buy Bravehearts’ personal safety pack for parents? This essential resource is only $34.95 and contains materials to assist parents how to talk to their children about keeping safe.
ACTIVATE THOSE AROUND YOU
If you haven’t already, follow Bravehearts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which will keep you informed about current issues related to child protection. Share posts and helpful information with your friends and family about keeping their own kids safe and play your part in creating a child-safe community.
KNOW HOW TO RESPOND
How would you respond if a child in your care disclosed a sexual assault? Would you know what to say? Would you know what to do?
Take our short online training course Supporting Hands and learn the answers to these questions. This course is for anyone in the community who has children in their care, whether you are a parent, teacher, coach, or simply a concerned member of the public. You will learn about the prevalence of child sexual assault and exploitation in Australia; the indicators of child sexual assault and exploitation; how perpetrators create opportunities to offend; and what steps to take to minimise risk to the children in your care and how to appropriately respond if a child discloses to you.
We also offer online professional development courses for professionals in the childcare and education sectors and other professionals working with children.
ARE YOU AN ADULT SURVIVOR? REPORTING MAY PROTECT OTHERS
If you are a survivor but have not disclosed your assault, Bravehearts is here to help. Reporting your assault to police (no matter how long ago it happened) is important, as it could be your information that leads police to charge the perpetrator. Bravehearts’ SADS (Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme) was developed as a way for survivors to be able to disclose to police in a non-confronting, non-triggering and anonymous (if they so choose) way. Remember; perpetrators of child sexual assault rarely offend only once. It takes courage to speak up, but in doing so you could help protect others from harm.
GIVE UP 1 COFFEE A MONTH TO HELP KIDS
A simple way to support the work of Bravehearts is to join our Regular Giving program and become a champion for children! The minimum gift amount is only $5 a month – less than the cost of 1 cup of takeaway coffee! By signing up to make a regular donation, you are becoming a true friend and supporter of Bravehearts, helping us to remain independently funded as we work towards making Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
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