A part of building a child safe culture the College also celebrates Queensland Child Protection Week as a means to raise awareness of all issues connected with child protection and the effects of child abuse.
Child Protection is Everyone’s Business
Why is it important to speak with your son about safety? It is the responsibility of adults to protect children and ensure they are kept safe from harm; child abuse is never the fault of the child. The more awareness and information our parents and caregivers have about child safety and child abuse, increases the prevention of abuse and of unsafe circumstances. Children have the right to feel safe. Parents and caregivers must ensure protection against the most common forms of child abuse. There are many myths and facts about child abuse however children are really good at giving signals and telling the truth even if they don’t overtly tell you what is happening. You should always report child abuse so it is important you know how to recognise child abuse, what to do if you suspect child abuse is occurring and how to report child abuse. As a proactive measure to prevent child abuse it is important to educate your son about protective behaviours from an early age in order to keep your son safe.
Talking to your son about safety, their bodies and how they can protect themselves, is an important part of keeping him safe. These protective behaviours are a powerful way to teach him about safety, risk taking, and what they can do when they feel unsafe. Boys and young men who are confident, assertive and have good support networks are less likely to be at risk of abuse or find themselves in dangerous situations no matter what age or context they are in. Research shows that children who receive consistent safety messages, both at home and at school, are more likely to be confident in responding to unsafe situations and to speak up if something happens that concerns or upsets them. If you find those hard-to-have conversations confronting or anticipate it will be difficult to talk to your son about child safety there are a range of free webinars for parents and career facilitated by the eSafety Commissioner Website.
Where Else Can I Get Help From?
You can call any of the following community services for support or advice. However, if a child is in danger please call the police on Triple Zero (000).
Parentline is a free, confidential telephone service providing counselling and referrals. Counsellors are available from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. To speak to a counsellor, call 1300 301 300.
Children, teenagers and young adults can call Kids Helpline to talk about anything — what’s going on at home, stuff with friends, something at school or feeling sad, angry or scared. Anytime. Any Reason. Call: 1800 551800
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