Brave­hearts pro­gram to help ed­u­cate kids

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PRI­MARY school chil­dren from right across the Whit­sun­days learnt valu­able lessons about how to keep safe at a series of Brave­hearts safety pro­grams ear­lier this week.

Brave­hearts ac­claimed per­sonal safety and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, Ditto’s Keep Safe Ad­ven­ture show, took place at all the pri­mary schools in Proser­pine and Can­non­vale and the chil­dren re­sponded well to the live show.

Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling ar­ranged for the show to visit the area and all chil­dren re­ceived an ac­tiv­ity book with use­ful in­for­ma­tion about how to al­ways feel safe.

Ditto’s Keep Safe Ad­ven­ture Show is a 40-minute live pro­duc­tion tai­lored for chil­dren aged from three to eight that ef­fec­tively teaches strate­gies and skills to stay safe in a range of sit­u­a­tions from sex­ual as­sault to bul­ly­ing.

Brave­hearts Founder and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Hetty John­ston says keep­ing chil­dren safe is one of the most im­por­tant things we do as par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors, car­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“To do this Brave­hearts is equip­ping chil­dren with the knowl­edge and skills they need to avoid risky sit­u­a­tions and give them an un­der­stand­ing of their rights to pro­tect their own body,” she says.

Brave­hearts are also run­ning a com­mu­nity train­ing work­shop at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege for par­ents, par­ent groups and any­one work­ing with chil­dren on Oc­to­ber 14.

To RSVP or for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling on 4946 2999.

STAY­ING SAFE: Tor­res the Tur­tle, Ditto the Brave­heart and Al­li­son Jack­son speak to chil­dren at the Can­non­vale State School dur­ing Ditto’s Keep Safe Ad­ven­ture show on Mon­day.

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