Bravehearts program is all about child safety

Protecting our kids. Ditto, Det Snr Const Donna Andersen and students from the Goondiwindi State Primary School.
Protecting our kids. Ditto, Det Snr Const Donna Andersen and students from the Goondiwindi State Primary School.

Goondiwindi kids have learnt how to stay safe and trust their feelings.

More than 2500 rural Queensland school children have learned important personal safety skills through Bravehearts’ education program, “Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure”.

It came to town last week.

The child safety expedition is backed by a $10,000 grant through Queensland Police Service and Suncorp Insurance’s ‘Safer Queensland Community Grants’ program. 

The 40-minute live production has visited more than 550,000 Australian children aged three to eight since 2008, educating them with strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from bullying to sexual assault.

“Preventing child sexual assault starts with educating and empowering children with vital knowledge and skills to keep safe and encouraging teachers, carers, parents and other members of the community to play their part in creating child-safe environments,” says Bravehearts Founder Hetty Johnston AM.   

“Since Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure was introduced it has really been embraced by schools and early learning centres which has given us a significant boost towards our commitment to reaching every Australian child with our child safety message. 

“The beauty of the program is that the rules Ditto teaches children are incredibly simple and effective, making it easy for parents and carers to reinforce the safety messages at home.”

Boosting the program in Goondiwindi was Det Snr Const Donna Andersen who began her own program in Cunnamulla last year and which has been rolled out to other schools. “Our children are special and we have to do everything we can to protect them,” she said.

Ditto’s 5 Principles:

Based on Bravehearts’ Ditto Keep Safe Adventure program, the 5 basic principles we need to teach our children (remember: it’s never too early to sow the seeds of personal safety) are:

1)  To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings

2)  To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe and unsure

3)  That they own their own bodies

4)  That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it

5)  That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust.

Would you like to talk to someone? Call Bravehearts information and support line on 1800 272 831.