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Social Safety and Childhood Sexual Development

We all know that sexuality forms an important part of an adult’s identity. What we often forget is that sexual development begins at birth.

Early childhood educators, school educators and other professionals working with children play an important role in developing knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that provide the building blocks for healthy life-long sexuality and social and sexual safety.

Who should attend this training?

This workshop is ideal for anyone working with children who requires an understanding of how to support them with their social and sexual safety, sexual development, sexual health and relationships. This includes:

  • Early learning educators
  • Classroom teachers K-6, support teachers, and teacher assistants
  • Social workers and school psychologists
  • Staff with responsibilities for child safety
  • Parents of young children
  • Foster carers and staff in out-of-home care organisations

What is the course content?

Introductory course
  • What to expect – ages and stages of sexual development through childhood
  • Public and private issues – places, body parts, touch and talk
  • Categories and types of relationships
Comprehensive program
  • What to expect – ages and stages of sexual development through childhood
  • Typical and atypical behaviours – when and where to refer
  • Teaching and modeling for protective social and sexual behaviours
  • Public and private issues – places, body parts, touch and talk
  • Categories and types of relationships
  • Responding to parent queries and concerns

What is the course structure?

Introductory course
  • One group session of 1.5 hours
Comprehensive program
  • Two group sessions of 1.5 hours, incorporating the introductory course content

Who is eligible?

Anyone is eligible to attend.

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