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Thurs 8 Nov: Will the Andrews’ Government ensure all Victorian children lives are free from violence?

Body Safety Australia was excited to hear of the commitment from our local, state and national leaders to invest $6.2 million into Brunswick North West Primary School.

 As part of the school’s commitment to Respectful Relationships, Brunswick North West Primary School partnered with local not-for-profit, Body Safety Australia, to delivered consent and protective behaviours programs to staff, families and students over 2017 and 2018.

Body Safety Australia co-founders have committed to strengthening this relationship by delivering a student co-designed project to ensure more gender-equitable access to play.

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"The topic was confronting, but you move and empower people in such deep and respectful ways. I learn so much from you every time I meet you. I am so thankful for our partnership and the ongoing support and guidance that you offer me and the school community.” - Hannah Reid, Principal, Brunswick North West Primary School

 Body Safety Australia is Victoria’s leading capacity building child abuse prevention education provider. Our work strongly aligns with the work of the Office for Women, the Office for Prevention of Family Violence, Respect Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education under a Labor Government.  

In fact, Body Safety Australia was recognised by the Department of Health and Humans Services in the 2017 Victorian Protecting Children Awards. In the same year, the Office for Women invested heavily into developing co-founder, Whitney Yip’s leadership development, awarding her a scholarship to the 2017 Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders program.

There is a strong body of evidence that Body Safety Australia’s programs are effective in helping schools meet Child Safe Standards compliance. Additionally, the organisation has proven successful in increasing teacher confidence and capacity in rolling out Respectful Relationships education. Our whole-community engagement model has also widely empowered parents and carers in creating positive change.

Will the Andrews’ Government now commit to funding our evidence-based program to support all Victorian teachers to have the knowledge, skills and capacity to ensure Victorian children lives are free from violence?




Media Contact

Deanne Carson

email: deanne@bodysafetyaustralia.com.au

mobile: 0410 613 040

website: www.deannecarson.com 

Media Mentions

Body Safety Australia has been featured and quoted in various media, and has published articles in print media. See our full list here.

 


Quotes from our clients

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful work you have done with the children, families and educators at Minimbah. The feedback from our families about the program has been very positive and our work with you has also provided us with a wonderful provocation for reflection and discussion as a team of educators. The children have embraced the concepts covered in your sessions and we are gradually trying to build learning around emotions, assertive language, consent and permission into our program to scaffold and support the children’s learning.

Thank you for providing us with such strong modelling, we are all feeling more empowered to cover this content as a result of our sessions with you!
— Lisa Coxon, Director of Minimbah Early Childhood Centre, Woodleigh School
. . . a tough topic but done with such sensitivity, professionalism and humour. Informative and respectful to children, young people, their carer’s and their community. This is the epitome of good collaborative, educative work at all levels
— Maria Strofalis, Family Counsellor, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
Thank you so much Deanne, for the evening and everything. I got so much out of it; one of the best parenting things I’ve done. You’re the talk of the playground!
— A.M, Badger Creek Primary School
Expertly delivered using very accessible language and anecdotes. Highly engaging and full of practical examples. This should be MANDATORY training for all graduate teachers/childcare workers! Also as part of the teacher undergraduate course.
— Brunswick North West Primary School OSHC
TRY Australia’s Children’s Service have benefited greatly from the non-biased and knowledgeable content delivered to our Teachers and Educators. Staff feel empowered in delivering a ‘Body Safe’ curriculum to our children and our families. Thank you, Body Safety Australia!
— Tabitha Farrugia, Early Years Advisor, TRY Australia
The Professional Development session we did with Body Safety Australia was hugely beneficial to all of our staff. Our new staff members got a great understanding of body safety for children and our more experienced staff were able to refresh and confirm their practices. The delivery was well considered and allowed for lots of discussion.
— Ben Mason, OHSC Coordinator, Merri Creek Primary School

Quotes attributable to Body Safety Australia

It is never a child or victim’s responsibility to protect themselves from abuse. We support communities in preventing abuse and help create generational change where sexual and gendered violence is no longer normalised.

Culture change occurs when caring teachers and parents are supported in modelling asking for, and respecting consent so that this becomes the standard that young people uphold as they become adults. Children are taught, not only their right to bodily autonomy, but their responsibility to respect the bodies and feelings of their peers.
— Body Safety Australia
The child safety landscape is changing as a result of the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry and Report. We have heard about years of sexual abuse and years of the blatant disregard of complaints from those who were sexually abused, but the Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that this cannot happen in Victoria again. They have introduced Child Safe Standards so that organisations can better respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct.
— Deanne Carson, co-founder of Body Safety Australia
Our impulse is often to ask how we can better protect our children. Instead we need to ask how we can prevent people from abusing children. Abuse prevention education needs to support families in understanding grooming techniques, as well as empowering children and young people in becoming aware of inappropriate relationships (online and offline) and how to reach out for help.
— Deanne Carson, co-founder of Body Safety Australia
We love doing these workshops, they are very important, but they are also fun! We use toys, games and group activities to help the kids identify feeling safe or unsafe. We also teach them the anatomical words for their body parts - enabling them to communicate more clearly about their bodies. That always gets some giggles!
— Whitney Yip, co-founder of Body Safety Australia
It’s fabulous to see teachers really connecting with body safety strategies and making simple changes to their practice to help empower students. Teachers have changed mat time song lyrics from ‘give your friend a hug’ to ‘offer your friend a hug’. Little things like this make a huge difference in showing respect for a child’s bodily autonomy.
— Whitney Yip, co-founder of Body Safety Australia

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 Co-Founder Whitney Yip introducing consent with Huggtopus at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre.  Photo: Klari Agar

Co-Founder Whitney Yip introducing consent with Huggtopus at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre.

Photo: Klari Agar

 Bridge Road Early Learning Centre children engaged and participating in Body Safety Australia's Body Safety Superstars 4yo program.  Photo: Klari Agar

Bridge Road Early Learning Centre children engaged and participating in Body Safety Australia's Body Safety Superstars 4yo program.

Photo: Klari Agar

 Bridge Road Early Centre child engaged in BSA's Body Safety Superstars Kindergarten Program  Photo: Klari Agar

Bridge Road Early Centre child engaged in BSA's Body Safety Superstars Kindergarten Program

Photo: Klari Agar

 Co-founder Whitney Yip introducing and identifying 5 Safe Adults using Body Safety Australia's handmade felt finger puppets.  Photo: Klari Agar

Co-founder Whitney Yip introducing and identifying 5 Safe Adults using Body Safety Australia's handmade felt finger puppets.

Photo: Klari Agar

 Bridge Road Early Learning Centre children learning about their feelings with co-founder Whitney Yip  Photo: Klari Agar

Bridge Road Early Learning Centre children learning about their feelings with co-founder Whitney Yip

Photo: Klari Agar

 Co-founders of Body Safety Australia, Whitney Yip and Deanne Carson at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre. Body Safety Australia launch.  Photo: Klari Agar

Co-founders of Body Safety Australia, Whitney Yip and Deanne Carson at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre. Body Safety Australia launch.

Photo: Klari Agar


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 Children at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre learning the difference between public and private body parts with co-founder Whitney Yip.  Photo: Klari Agar

Children at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre learning the difference between public and private body parts with co-founder Whitney Yip.

Photo: Klari Agar

 Max discussing consent with co-founder Whitney Yip and Huggtopus.  Photo: Klari Agar

Max discussing consent with co-founder Whitney Yip and Huggtopus.

Photo: Klari Agar

 Children at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre listening to 'Surprise! Mum's Birthday' to learn the difference between secrets and surprises.  Photo: Klari Agar

Children at Bridge Road Early Learning Centre listening to 'Surprise! Mum's Birthday' to learn the difference between secrets and surprises.

Photo: Klari Agar

 Children learning about their feelings while playing Roll 'n' Play Emotions  Photo: Klari Agar

Children learning about their feelings while playing Roll 'n' Play Emotions

Photo: Klari Agar