Protecting Children through Education
Protective Behaviours Workshop
Tuesday June 20th
The Heath Centre
St Andrew’s Cathedral School
Level 5, St Andrew’s House
West Australian Child Protection Society
and Lachlan Bryant, Professional Standards Unit, Anglican Diocese of Sydney
A seminar for school principals, executive staff, pastoral care staff, teachers and others.
It is a sobering reality that in Australia 1 in 4 children will be abused before they turn 18 and most of these children will never speak about it!
Whilst there is no foolproof system for protecting children and young people, schools can contribute significantly to the personal safety of children and the empowerment needed to disclose abuse when it occurs. The Western Australian Child Protection Society’s programs are child-focused and informed by a fundamental belief that children have the right to physical and psychological safety at all times and that the whole community must play its part in protecting God’s children.
This workshop will explain in clear detail why it is imperative that Protective Behaviours is taught early in the classroom. It will highlight how schools can develop protective mechanisms in children and empower them to speak out, if and when it is too late to prevent the abuse occurring.
In the grooming process, offenders use threats or incentives to entrap and silence children from disclosing abuse to a trusted adult. Combating this requires a coordinated and targeted educational program and that is exactly what the Protective Behaviours Program provides. The program can also be used to assist to keep children safe from all forms of unsafe and hostile situations they may find themselves in. It teaches the child to seek the appropriate help when they are not feeling safe.
The workshop will include the following topics:
- The dynamics and impact of child sexual abuse,
- The construct of grooming and how offenders silence their victims,
- Teaching the Protective Behaviours Program.
Under the Education Act NSW 1990 all non-government schools are responsible for providing a safe and supportive environment for students. A key component of developing such an environment is educating all members of the school community about issues of personal safety including students. As such this workshop is a must for school principals and key staff and should not be missed.
About Andrea Musulin
Andrea Musulin is the Director of the WA Child Protection Society and spent 30 years with WA Police before taking up the role of Director of the Safeguarding Program for the Perth Catholic Archdiocese. During her time with WA Police she specialised in the areas of chid protection and domestic violence. As a sworn officer, Andrea gained extensive experience in responding to sexually abused children and a large part of her career has been spent developing crime prevention initiatives and programs designed to protect children.
For the past 22 years Andrea has been heavily involved with Protective Behaviours WA, a not-for-profit educational organisation, and has written and co-written several resources that are now used by the Department of Education, Independent Schools Association of WA (including Anglican schools) and the Catholic Education Office.
Andrea is regarded as a powerful and dynamic trainer and a successful advocate and innovator in the prevention of child sexual abuse. In 2011 Andrea was inducted into the WA International Women’s Hall of Fame as a leader and pioneer in the child protection industry.
As a Christian wife, mother of six and grandmother of three, Andrea will bring to the workshop a wealth of knowledge and will share her undying commitment to the protection of children with those in attendance.