CYP 3.3 / 6.3 Explain why it is important to work with the child to ensure they have strategies to protect themselves and make decisions about safety
It is important to 'equip' (or empower) children to ensure they have strategies to protect themselves and make decisions because if they don't they may be vulnerable to abuse (of any sort).
From the outset we want to help children/young people gain confidence to speak up - either to say no, and keep safe and not putting themselves in vulnerable or dangerous places. - Young people who may be old enough (or perhaps young but those allowed out to roam the streets etc) and failing this we need to get across that children should not keep secrets but tell a 'safe' person. This safe person could be a teacher, teaching assistant, friend, family member someone who the child feels they can speak to. They should be taught that no one should take advantage of them/do things that they know is not right.
Getting this across will be different for different ages and stages. For very young children we may talk of keeping safe by reading a story such as Red Riding Hood and this will give us an opportunity to talk of keeping safe, staying with their parents, not going off with others and remembering that they can always say no, and tell someone safe about it. The discussion from the story may lead onto general keeping safe and helping them to see how they can help themselves.
For older children/young people the language I may use and the way I put it across will depend on how I feel best to discuss/deal with this subject. In some cases a general conversation (talking to them like grown up’s) or group work acting out scenario’s with their peers may help the older children.
Children/young people need to have good self-esteem and confidence and a good self image (so important to promote this from a young age) so they know they are important, should be respected by all and know that there are trusted adults there to...