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  1. The ‘Lets Prevent Abuse’ Puppet Show
  2.  'I Can Be Safe’ Group Programme
  3. ‘Love Bites’
  4. Parent and Teacher Education


1.The ‘Let’s PREVENT aBUSE’ pUPPET sHOW (Grades one – five)

The Let’s Prevent Abuse Puppet show is a child abuse prevention programme purchased by Phoenix House from it’s creator, the pacer Centre Inc. (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights), Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.  The goal of the puppet show is to help children and adults gain information about physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and also to help children develop skills in reaching out for help.  

The puppet show features four endearing multi-cultural child-size puppets that portray children with and without disabilities.  PACER Puppets have proven to be a comfortable and non-threatening medium for children.  It is easy for children to identify with the puppets, and therefore, they can be reached with this challenging information.  Throughout the performance there are opportunities for the children to interact with the puppets through dialogue and role-play.  
Each show includes developmentally appropriate information about the following:

  •     Definitions of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
  •     Feelings of guilt, isolation, and shame associated with abuse.
  •     The need for children to talk about the abuse if they are physically or sexually abused.
  •     How to get help and whom to tell.
  •     It is never a child’s fault if they are abused.


Thousands of primary school children from grades one to five in the Bundaberg region have attended the Let’s Prevent Abuse Puppet Show.  Feedback from teachers is positive, and comments include:

    “The show has great flow, continuity, a lot covered”.

    “A great programme – I wish they would have had it when I was young”.

    “The situations and language are right at a child’s level. Best I’ve seen”.


‘ I Can Be Safe’ is a groupwork programme designed for primary school students between grades three to seven. The group sessions are delivered by two counsellors; each session is developmentally appropriate for the student’s ages, educational and interactive, with students participating in both individual and group work. The workshop is run over three one hour sessions, with a final one hour follow up session occurring 4-6 weeks later.
The ‘I Can Be Safe’ sessions teach children about personal safety; during each session  children are given the opportunity to analyse situations and explore alternatives in responding to these situations. The group activities encourage students to work together to recognise the importance of being safe and aims to build respect for others and empathy in the classroom environment.
Topics that are covered include:

  •     Feelings
  •     Warning signs
  •     Naming body parts
  •     Public and private behaviours
  •     Healthy and unhealthy touching
  •     Cyber safety
  •     ‘Secrets’
  •     Boundaries
  •     No Go Tell strategy
  •     Safety network


3.‘LOVE BITES’ WORKSHOPS (Grades 9-11)

The ‘Love Bites’ programme is managed locally by a community steering committee that includes Edon Place, UnitingCare, Impact, Queensland Police, Queensland Department of Communities, Community Solutions and Phoenix House.
In the past two years, ‘Love Bites’ has been provided at a number of local State High Schools, with more than 300 students attending and providing positive feedback. An expo with representation by various community services in Bundaberg is organized to coincide with the ‘Love Bites’ workshops so students are informed about local supports available to them.
Find out more at:   http://www.napcan.org.au/love-bites


A number of the workshops described in the section ‘Professional Training’ are suitable for parents and teachers, for example, ‘Stop It Now! And ‘Recognising and Responding to the Sexual Behaviour of Children’; they can be most usefully provided in conjunction with the previously described school based programmes.