KidsROAR Personal Safety Programs

KidsROAR empowers children with tools and strategies to help reduce vulnerability to abuse, neglect and unsafe situations.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers, children
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals), group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The KidsROAR Personal Safety and child abuse prevention programs provide tools and strategies that empower children to help reduce their vulnerability to abuse, neglect, and unsafe situations. Tailored programs can be delivered to children, parents/carers and families, and early childhood professionals. There are three program options available.

KidsROAR parents and carers education session

A one-hour session, which includes:

  • implementing protective behaviours in the home
  • statistics on abuse
  • information on offenders and the grooming process
  • what their children will learn in a KidsROAR session
  • recommended further reading.

Responding to Disclosures workshop for teachers and educators

A 2-hour workshop which aims to ensure that people working at early childhood services feel informed and suitably equipped to respond appropriately in a situation where a child may disclose abuse.

Topics covered include:

  • Protective Behaviours education
  • information on sex offenders and paedophiles
  • stages of grooming
  • sexual abuse
  • consequences of child sexual abuse
  • child sexualised behaviours – normal versus concerning workshop
  • responding to disclosure workshop.

Teacher and educator professional development

A one-hour session in which participants will receive an overview of the KidsROAR program content and how continuous reinforcement of the Protective Behaviours Themes can reduce vulnerability to abuse.

This session includes:

  • Protective Behaviours education
  • statistics on abuse
  • information on offenders and grooming
  • KidsROAR children’s session content
  • how to overcome parent/carer resistance to teaching protective behaviours.

KidsROAR Kindergarten program

A 45 minute ‘Little Paws, Big ROARS’ program for children in which they learn to:

  • know that we all have the right to feel safe at all times
  • recognise safe and unsafe feelings
  • identify and act upon early warning signs
  • use correct anatomical names of the private parts of their bodies
  • identify and deal with inappropriate or “unsafe” touches
  • identify trusted adults they should “tell” if they are feeling worried or unsafe.

It is strongly recommended that the ‘Little Paws, Big ROARS’ program is delivered in conjunction with at least one of the other education and professional development sessions offered by this provider.

Detailed cost

  • KidsROAR Parents and Carers education session: $300 per session (including GST)
  • Responding to Disclosures workshop for teachers and educators: $750 per session (including GST). For more than 35 participants the program will include an additional presenter and charges may apply.
  • KidsROAR Teacher and Educator professional development: $300 per session (Including GST)
  • A resource pack for kindergarten services is included in the price. Additional travel and accommodation costs may apply for regional, rural and remote areas. Travel is charged at 0.80 cents per km, plus accommodation.
  • KidsROAR Kindergarten program (Little Paws, Big ROARS): $350 per session (including GST)

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: children from 3 years and up, parents/carers and families, educators and other early childhood professionals.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Factors to consider: KidsROAR advises surrounding regional kindergartens, Early Leaning Centres and schools attend programs booked in their area to facilitate reduced travel and accommodation costs.
  • Australian experience: the program is available throughout Victoria, including regional areas.
  • Tools and systems: there are no IT or technical facilities required for the program for children. KidsROAR supplies AV/technical requirements for teacher, educator professional development programs and other adult education or parent programs.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnership 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
  • Partnership with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing