Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends is a protective behaviours program facilitated for children in grade one at primary schools. To prevent potential harm, it is crucial young children learn to identify when they don’t feel safe and know safe adults they can ask for help.
The program consists of five weeks of interactive classes teaching children to identify their feelings, differences between their public and private parts of the body, safe and unsafe secrets and how to manage different situations that make them feel unsafe.
The program is activity-based and developmentally appropriate for 5-7 year olds. The program has recently been jointly evaluated by Griffith University, James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland. The research conducted is the only protective behaviours program in Australia, and one of very few in the world to undergo gold-standard experimental research on its effectiveness. This demonstrates Act for Kids commitment to delivering a service that is proven to be effective and provide positive and long-term outcomes for kids.