The Taking Care project aims to improve the safety and well being of children in Warwickshire by teaching them to keep themselves safer in a variety of situations.
Protective Behaviours is based on two key messages:
- We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
- We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small
The programme can be used in a wide range of settings by teachers, parents, women’s refuge workers, the police, social workers, youth workers, health visitors and community workers. The approach therefore also provides a useful framework for working together to keep children safe.
Protective Behaviours is an approach to personal safety that aims to empower and increase the self belief of children and adults in order to keep them safe. This is done through the recognition of their own personal intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and the strategies that can be used to help them.
Protective Behaviours also recognises that life is also about challenging ourselves and taking safe risks in order that we try new things, and that this is both part of our development and an important life skill.
Further information and a national practice sharing forum can also be found at PB People www.pbpeople.org.uk