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1st Edition

Teaching Protective Behaviours to Young Children

First Steps to Safety Programme

Imprint: Speechmark
Paperback: 9780863889820
Hardback: 9781138043541
eBook: 9781315173122
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This programme aims to provide children aged 4-7 years with awareness and strategies for keeping safe. Although it may be difficult to accept, children and young people from any community, including those with disabilities, can be put at risk of harm, abused or hurt, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. All children have the right to be safeguarded from abuse or neglect so they have the opportunity to reach their potential and be successful adults.

Protective behaviours teaches children to develop an awareness of personal safety; helps them to identify and express their feelings; make choices and solve problems. First Steps to Safety has taken the core protective behaviour principles and created a teaching framework with overarching aims, with supporting lesson plans, resources and activities, in a 10 week programme that can be picked up and used by anyone in school wanting to empower children and young people of any age and any capability to develop personal safety.

The information and strategies provided to children are generic and applicable across a range of situations that may arise, for example bullying, internet safety, being harmed, feeling sad or feeling unsafe. Sessions include:

  • my body parts
  • showing my feelings
  • my body, thoughts and feelings all go together
  • feeling safe
  • behaviour choices
  • to empower children to feel safe and know they have a right to fee safe
  • to give children the confidence and ability to assertively manage their own safety
  • to teach children the skills to take responsibility for their own bodies, thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • to enable children with a range of communication abilities to ask for help
  • for children to have awareness of their body, thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • have a vocabulary to express how their thoughts and feelings affect their bodies
  • know the early warning signs for feeling unsafe
  • know they can make different behaviour choices based on feelings
  • know who good people are to go to for help and how to ask for help.


What is the second body part illustrated in Session 2: My Body Parts?
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