PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOUR WORKSHOPS
WHAT IS PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOUR?
Protective Behaviours (PB) is a practical, empowering approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages and develops self-confidence together with skills that help us avoid being victimised. This is achieved by recognising our personal concept of safety, trusting our intuitive feelings (early warning signs) that tell us when we are feeling unsafe and developing strategies for self-protection. The Protective Behaviours process links safety with fun and excitement and an adventurous approach to life
Protective Behaviours (PB’s) helps children and adults to develop safety awareness and resilience building which helps us to recognise any situation where they feel worried or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened; and explores practical ways to keep safe.
UVIWE’S APPROACH TOWARDS SAFETY AWARENESS:
At UVIWE we integrate the PB workshops with most of our existing programmes, or we can run stand-alone PB workshops for children or adults. It is recommended training for parents, to help their children develop safety awareness.
4 FOCUS AREAS OF THE PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOUR WORKSHOPS:
We all have a right to feel safe at all times
It is important for us to inform children that so each and every one of them know that when they do not feel safe they have a right to speak up and tell someone so that they can take action to make them feel safe again.
Safe and unsafe touches
When a safe touch like a hug becomes unsafe, it’s difficult to tell the difference. Children need to know that whenever they feel uncomfortable with any one that they have the right to say no. They have a right to refuse a hug or handshake if the situation makes them feel uncomfortable.
Safe and unsafe secrets
Children are not always aware that there are two different types of secrets. A safe secret is when more than 1 person knows about it and when others find out they will be happy to hear about it e.g. a surprise party. Unsafe secrets is when only one person knows about it and when others find out they will not be happy about it e.g. someone is bullying you.
You have the right to speak to anyone about anything no matter what it is.
We all have the right to speak to a trusted adult about anything good or bad at any time. We have a right to be heard and for action to be taken when needed. We have a right to have a safety network of people to speak to when we feel unsafe and we must remember not to give up if it seems one person is not listening.