Helping you start the safety talk
THE safety of all children is paramount, particularly if they are your grandchildren and you are their primary carer.
But knowing how to start a conversation with them about what is personal safety and how they can protect themselves can be a daunting prospect for older people.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has developed an answer to this conundrum with the release of its free Personal Safety Grandparents booklet.
It’s an Australian-first and looks to provide the tools for grandparents as primary carers of their grandchildren to have an ongoing conversation about the child’s personal safety.
For primary school age children who have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse, their life experiences are unlikely to have been positive and their skills in staying safe undoub- tedly need to be developed.
The foundation’s national education manager, Georgina Livingstone, said the booklet was an extension to what the foundation was already doing and had been developed in response to talking with grandparents about personal safety for children.
The booklet is aimed at helping young children understand what safety is, learn about relationships and trust, identify feelings, name the public and private parts of the body and learn how to recognise, react and report unsafe situations. It can be completed by grandparents working side-by-side with their grandchild. The booklet has instructions and conversation starters. Download it free from www.danielmorcombe. com.au. For a hard copy, email the foundation on admin@daniel morcombe.com.au or phone 1300 326 435.