LATEST UPDATE from the Safeguarding Office
Support Resources for parents and families during this time of Covid-19.
The Safeguarding Project is child-focused and informed by the fundamental belief that
- children have the right to physical and psychological safety at all times, and
- the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth is playing its part in protecting all children and vulnerable individuals.
The Safeguarding Project aims to:
- Raise awareness of our collective responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable individuals - The Safeguarding Project Aim
- The project will be informed by the 12 National Safeguards - Child Wise 12 Standards for a Child Safe Organisation
Children are vulnerable because:
Children are powerless, trusting and depend on adults
Children are taught to obey adults
Young children can’t assess adults’ motives
Children will tolerate the most painful abuse to maintain emotionally rewarding relationships.
Sexual abuse by adults is confusing.
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Safeguarding Officers in the Parish of St Joseph Subiaco
Elaine Eng – 0426 173 798;
Sue Wallwork – 0411 395 161;
Belinda Becker – 0422 452 058
Elaine Belinda Sue
Protective Behaviours - the Right to Feel Safe
The program teaches children, young people and adults a range of skills and strategies to help prevent and reduce child abuse and violence in our communities.
Empowering your child helps protect them from abuse
- Let your child take small risks so that they develop problem-solving and conflict-management skills.
- Teach your child that if they don’t feel safe, they have the right to do something about it.
- Encourage them to discuss and express their feelings.
- Help your child learn how to identify their body’s early-warning signs for feeling unsafe.
- Develop a shared language around safety, e.g. Safety = choice + control + time limit.
- Help your child develop a network of trusted adults with whom they can talk about absolutely anything.
- Practice “What if…” scenarios. Ask “What would you do if someone gave you a present and told you to keep it a secret?”
- Develop an expectation that secrets can always be shared with someone we trust.
- Use the correct terminology for all body parts and avoid “nicknames” or “cute” names for the private parts of the body.
- Reinforce that children own the whole of their body and no one should touch their private parts (those covered by bathers) or their mouths and they shouldn’t touch anyone else’s.
- Teach about personal space and let children decide themselves how they want to express physical affection.
- Children should not be forced to hug or kiss anyone.
Good Family Relationships
Help your child feel secure and loved…more than anything else, this is what helps them to grow
Quality Time Together
- Use mealtime to talk and to share laughs
- One-on-one chats with each family member
- Regular family time and outings
- Decide together about what to do for special events such as birthdays
- Talk about everything (even difficult things)
- Listen with full attention
- Encourage each other with genuine, positive praise
- Discipline with love, patience and understanding
- Show appreciation, love and encouragement through words and affection
- Have family rules that apply to everyone
- Make family decisions together
- Share chores
- Think about everyone’s needs when planning family activities
Appreciate each other
- Take an interest in each other’s lives
- Include everyone in a conversation
- Support each other in important events such as sports days and school concerts.