Funding to help thousands of kids keep themselves safe

1 December 2015





Thousands of children will benefit from a recent $50,000 grant for a culturally appropriate program to be delivered in schools on keeping themselves safe.

Act for Kids was awarded the grant as part of nib foundation’s sixth annual Community Grants Program in June.

The funding has enabled us to adapt the materials, content and delivery methods of its protective behaviours program Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends to be culturally appropriate and accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, parents and communities.

“The outcome will be improved learning opportunities for Indigenous children and those with English as a second language,” said Dr Neil Carrington, CEO Act for Kids.

“Thanks to this grant we can ensure the delivery method is culturally appropriate and manageable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

“Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends will be delivered to thousands of children living Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Adelaide and the Gold Coast,” said Dr Carrington.

Act for Kids has already delivered the program to 2,129 children, parents and faculty. Based on this success, nib foundation awarded additional funding to expand the program to more schools throughout Australia.

nib foundation Executive Officer, Amy Tribe, highlights the value of the Act for Kids initiative to empower children and help them understand that they have the right to be safe and protected by adults.

“We are pleased to support Act for Kids as they expand on the success of Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends, harnessing their expertise to adapt a culturally sensitive version of the program for Indigenous children. A crucial step in enabling children to learn what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and the avenues available to seek help,” said Ms Tribe.