Body Safety Superstars!

This program aims to engage educators, children and parents/carers in body safety education as an essential component in the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers, children
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4 – Emerging research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity – anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Social competence – responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: High (>$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The Body Safety Superstars! program aims to engage educators, children and parents/carers in body safety education as an essential component in primary prevention of childhood child sexual abuse.

The children's program consists of 2 x 45-minute sessions, delivered over 2 weeks to the same group of 30 or less children. Children learn about body safety, identifying emotions and help seeking through activities, games, stories, and group discussions.

Professionals build capacity in embedding body safety strategies into their practice whilst strengthening their confidence to engage with families and child abuse/neglect intervention services. These programs include all new updates on Child Safe Standards and National Principles for Victoria.

Parents/carers are provided with facts, risks and myths surrounding childhood sexual abuse. They learn to identify grooming behaviours, how to model body safety strategies at home, and how to work cohesively with educators in keeping children safe.

Specific goals of the program are that children transitioning to school:

  • have confidence in their assertive communication and social skills
  • have increased independence and understanding of bodily autonomy
  • develop emotional intelligence and help-seeking skills.

The program follows a 7-point integrated approach that encourages:

  • teacher-led learning
  • child-led learning
  • family partnerships
  • connection with the wider community
  • reflection on policies and practices
  • modelling of respectful, inclusive child-safe practices.

We have a strong commitment to providing all communities with body safety education that celebrates children of all socio-economic statuses, religions, abilities, sexuality and/or family structure. We are committed to providing these programs to all communities throughout regional and rural Victoria regardless of distance, and population size.

Programs are delivered face-to-face or online via a platform of choice.

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Detailed cost

Face-to-face programs

Package 1: Superstars! Premium – $7,810 (including GST) comprising:

  • a full day (5 hours) of professional training for up to 50 participants
  • a 2-hour parent/carer workshop for up to 50 participants
  • two children's programs*

Package 2: Superstars! Taster – $4,829 (including GST) comprising:

  • two hours of introductory professional development for up to 50 participants
  • a two-hour parent/carer workshop for up to 50 participants
  • two children's programs*

Package 3: Superstars! Community – $2,530 (including GST) comprising:

  • a 2-hour parent/carer workshop for up to 50 participants
  • one children's program*

*Additional children's programs can be added to any package for $750 (including GST) per program.

For face-to-face delivery, there are additional travel and accommodation costs that apply to areas more than 50km from Melbourne 3000. Travel costs include distance travelled and accommodation costs. Please contact provider for further details.

Professional development and parent/carer programs are available for either face-to-face or online delivery.

Online programs

Superstars! Pre-recorded Online Professional Development: $1,660 (including GST) for unlimited sign-up per centre. This program is a self-paced professional training adapted for online learning and includes a 1 hour Live Q&A session when all participants have completed the program. Contact the office directly to book this session.

Professional Development Live Webinars! 2–3 hour Introductory – $2,389 (including GST):

  • Creating community partnerships in prevention
  • Childhood sexual abuse; myths, facts, indicators and risk factors
  • 10 key learning areas of abuse prevention
  • Embedding and modelling child safe practices

Full-day 5 hours (This can be split over 2 sessions at no extra cost) – $4,276 (including GST):

  • Creating community partnerships in prevention
  • Childhood sexual abuse; myths, facts, indicators and risk factors
  • 10 key learning areas of abuse prevention
  • Embedding and modelling child safe practices
  • Developing age-appropriate lessons and activities
  • Grooming and abusers
  • The role of technology in childhood sexual abuse
  • Hearing and handling disclosures including self-care
  • Age-appropriate behaviour
  • Ensuring culturally sensitive and inclusive solutions for your community

Implementation considerations

Target population: whole community approach for educators, parents/carers, and children aged 3 to 6.

Program/practice description and details: We have a strong commitment to providing all communities with body safety education that celebrates children of all socio-economic statuses, religions, abilities, sexuality and/or family structure. We are committed to providing these programs to all communicates throughout regional and rural Victoria regardless of distance, and population size.

Program adaptability: this program has been developed for, and in consultation with; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and the LGBTIQ+ community. It is trauma-informed and healing in its approach.

Body Safety Australia endeavours to ensure that programs are accessible and inclusive to all communities. Please contact us for further information on how we can best support children, families and staff participating in the program.

Staffing: all staff are encouraged to attend the professional development workshop and the parent/carer workshop. Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. Parent/carer workshops and professional development programs can be delivered after centre hours.

Training requirements: the delivery platform for online programs are Microsoft Teams of Zoom. The provider has experience with other platforms such as WebEx and Google Meet and can provide workshops on these platforms upon request.

Australian experience: the program is delivered Nationally, including in rural and remote areas. Whole community uptake is most effective in the prevention of childhood sexual abuse when you engage an entire community, children are supported at home, at school and online and the onus of protection is taken from our most vulnerable and placed squarely on the adults who care for them.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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