Protective interrupting is a strategy to prevent a child disclosing in front of other students and providing them with the opportunity to disclose in a safe and confidential manner.
About protective interruption
In any program that focuses on issues of relationships and sexuality, there is the possibility that students may disclose personal issues. A useful strategy to prevent students saying something inappropriate is protective interruption. This means interrupting students before they disclose and at the same time informing them they can talk privately with the teacher after class.
For more information on protective interruption and steps to follow, see the WA Department of Education's Child Protection website.
This Teaching Note appears in the following Learning Activities:
- Families may change
- Managing family change
- My life from birth to now
- Gender expectations
- Ready vs not ready
- Sexual consent and the law
- Power to manage relationships
- Who or what will you pick up at the party?
- Sexual risk taking
- Different bodies
- What's OK and what's not OK
- Feelings about feelings
- Dealing with disagreements
- Good playing skills
- Reading emotions in others
- We are all different
- Changes in relationships
- Understanding influences on behaviour
- Positive vs negative relationships
- Analysing health related websites and apps
- Dealing with challenging times