Protective behaviours


Because it's my body!

Topics: protective behaviours, child abuse prevention, bodily autonomy, safety, art.


Fiction


Focusing on empowerment and prevention, this approachable book gives young children a way to reject unwanted, possibly harmful physical contact by adults and other kids.


Age: 4 to 7 years.

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Child protection: Safe4Kids

Provides training and resources in protective behaviours (child abuse prevention education). Services include: Teacher PD, student workshops, parent workshops.

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Child protection: WA Child Safety Services (WACSS)

Child safety education and training for children, young people, parents, educators and other professionals. Services include: professional learning, parent workshops, children's workshops and individual sessions.

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Everyone's Got a Bottom

A story about students keeping safe, written in a style that is fun and positive. It is a tool to start a conversation with students about self-protection (3 to 8 years). Available to purchase from Family Planning Queensland.

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FPV: Family Planning Victoria

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout Victoria. Includes a section on school programs.

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Let's talk about the birds and the bees

Topics: puberty, protective behaviours, reproduction.


Non-fiction


Cartoon illustrated book for parents to read to children about differences between male and female reproductive systems, private body parts, sexual intercourse, love, puberty, what touching is ok/not ok, families. Simple facts as a starting point for conversations. 

Book review by Cath Hak 6min (external link)


Age: Parents and teachers of 4 to 11 year olds.

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Let's talk about where babies come from

Topics: sex education, conception, reproduction, families, bodies.


Non-fiction


Comics and cartoons outlining:  similarities and differences between girls and boys, growing up, reproductive organs, how babies are made, what sex is, what is love, same sex attraction, conception, pregnancy, different types of birth, genetics (e.g. hair colour), different kinds of families, keeping safe (consensual touch), HIV (but not other STI/BBVs). A book that parents/teachers can read to younger children, or older children can read themselves. 

Book review by Cath Hak 4min 36sec.


Age: 7 to 11 years.

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Michael's bubbles - a protective behaviours storybook about personal space

Topics: protective behaviours, personal space


Fiction


Michael loves to ride his bike, catch a ball and play in his cubby, but most of all Michael loves to blow bubbles…and have cuddles with his Mum and Dad! A story to explain about personal space and how to respond safely to different situations and different people using a personal space plan (kiss, cuddle and squeeze bubble, hug bubble, high five bubble, wave bubble, stranger bubble).


Age: 4 to 9 years.

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My body belongs to me

Topics: protective behaviours, child sex abuse, consent, bodily autonomy.


Fiction


A straightforward story of a young girl that was sexually abused by a friend's uncle. The young girl tells her mum and dad who help her. Explains that it is not her fault. A rhyming book.

YouTube version 3min 9sec (external link)


Age: 2 to 8 years.

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My body belongs to me from my head to my toes

Topics: protective behaviours, bodily autonomy, consent.


Fiction


A story that covers safe touch, personal space, types of touch, how to say no to unwanted touch, and how to tell someone if abuse has happened. Includes a letter to parents/carers.

YouTube version 5min 36sec (external link)


Age: 2 to 8 years.

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My underpants rule!

Topics: protective behaviours, bodily autonomy, consent.


Fiction


A story that explains to children that what is under your underpants is private. No one is allowed to touch private parts and how to say no.

Book review by Cath Hak 2min 3sec (external link)


Age: 2 to 8 years.

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No means no!

Topics: protective behaviours, bodily autonomy, consent.


Fiction


A story about bodily autonomy, personal space, consent and protective behaviours.

YouTube version 3min 22sec (external link)


Age: 2 to 8 years.

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Sex education: Sex Ed Rescue

Cath Hakanson is a sex educator that helps parents to get the knowledge, skills and confidence to have conversations with their children about sex and relationships. This site offers videos, resources, books reviews, and a free 5 day sex ed bootcamp.

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SHFPACT: Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout the ACT. Includes schools education programs, training and workshops.

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SoSAFE!

Provides teachers, trainers and counsellors with skills and simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability.

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Special needs: People 1st Programme

The People 1st Programme (PIP) supports people with an intellectual disability in human relationships, protective education and sexuality, along with parents, carers and service providers. Services are available in the Perth metropolitan area and regional WA.

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Talk Soon. Talk Often: a guide for parents talking to their kids about sex (newly updated!) - FREE

A WA Department of Health booklet developed to support parents to initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about relationships and sexuality. Age and stage appropriate information for parents with children birth to teens. First published 2011, updated in 2019.

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Top tips from Talk soon. Talk often. - FREE

Top 20 tips for talking to kids about relationships and sexuality and the top 10 reasons why we must talk soon and often. An A4 flyer that outlines the tips included in the Talk soon. Talk often book on page 10-11 and 76-77. 

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True (formerly Family Planning Queensland)

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout Queensland. Includes a section specific to schools and teachers.

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Yarning quiet ways - FREE

A WA Department of Health resource to help parents and carers of young Aboriginal people yarn about strong, safe and healthy relationships. Age and stage appropriate information for parents of children birth to teens.

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