How to keep safe! Knowing that the vast majority of children who are abused are harmed by someone they know it is vital that all children be taught how to protect themselves from being harmed by anyone, not just strangers.
Teaching children how to deal with getting lost, being asked for hugs and kisses by strangers or even by people they know – is difficult.
Difficult because we want to protect children without damaging their natural openness and curiosity about the world. Adults are sometimes concerned that teaching children strategies for keeping safe will make children fearful but children learn about the dangers of traffic and how to cross roads safely; they learn about the dangers of water and how to swim.
We do not find that that most children are frightened of cars or swimming and splashing in water! In the same low key way children can be taught ways to protect themselves not only from strangers but also from someone they know and trust, who may try to harm them.
Child abuse is one of the most serious problems facing our society. Abused children suffer and, all too often, the damage lasts a lifetime. Even worse, it can extend to future generations as patterns of abuse and neglect repeat themselves.
Most children do get the love and care they need to grow up strong, safe and secure. But others need our help. That's why it's so important to know the signs of abuse and neglect, and to take the right action when we see them. This guide will tell you how to do that. It also offers advice on preventing abuse.
Whether they're our own children, our neighbors’, or a stranger's, we all share responsibility for their well-being. We owe it to them to do whatever we can to keep childhood a safe place to be.
* Find the safest place to cross then stop. * Stand on the pavement near the kerb or the edge if there is no kerb.
* Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around. * Make sure you can see if anything is coming and drivers