Help­ing you start the safety talk

Western Times - - OLDER & WISER -

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 un­doubt­edly 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.

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