Learning how to support your children to be safe
We know that helping a child feel safe starts from the beginning of their life. Talking about feeling safe is a very important conversation to have with your child. There are also many other conversations that also need to happen as a stepping stone before this one is tackled – topics about growing up, learning about your body and its changes, learning about friendships and relationships. We will be exploring these topics in our companion website.
On this website we want to talk about ways of supporting your child feeling and being safe – what you can do yourself and what you can do for and with your child.
We know that it is very hard to think about this topic, about your child being unsafe. These are very hard things to talk, think and read about. We also know that you strongly believe that it is not acceptable for them to be placed in situations where they are scared or uncomfortable, don’t receive the physical or emotional care they need, are bullied, isolated, made fun of, threatened. It is not acceptable if they are shown inappropriate material, touched inappropriately and/or sexually interfered with. These activities are unacceptable whether they are undertaken by other children as well as by adults.
To ensure these situations do not occur everyone in the care of a child including parents need to be clear about what activities constitute poor and inappropriate practice and should not be tolerated; which are against the law, and therefore a crime and need to be reported to appropriate authorities to ensure that the individual is no longer a danger to your child and other children. We know that parents and children having information helps children be safe so please read on. If any of this information becomes too hard and upsetting please contact someone to receive support. Suggestions for who you can talk to are included in our Helpful Resources section at the end of this section.