Safe Children, Safe Families
Safe Children, Safe Families (SCSF) is an innovative community education program for children aged 3-5 years old, their parents and childcare professionals. It provides children with the information and skills needed to reduce their vulnerability to abuse, and to enhance the protection and awareness capabilities of their caregivers.
In addition to the child education component, parents are provided with the information and skills they need to better protect the children in their care and build strong social support networks. SCSF also helps childcare organisations to meet the National Quality Standards and Child Safe Organisation Requirements by teaching staff about child safety strategies and how to apply risk-reducing practices at work. SCSF is the only program of its kind in Australia that specifically targets these three groups through its triadic approach.
CAPS has delivered the award-winning SCSF program in childcare centres across NSW since 2016 and has achieved impressive results. Data collected from a sample of over 475 preschool-aged participants in SCSF demonstrated that they become better at identifying feelings, early warning signs and unsafe situations. Their retention of key personal safety messages improved, and they were able to develop safety networks for accessing help and support.
SCSF can be adapted to address the needs of a specific cohort and has been proven to work with children with disabilities, children affected by domestic violence and children from CALD, refugee or migrant backgrounds. CAPS is now looking to build on the robust evidence base for SCSF by exploring options to deliver the program in primary schools across NSW and beyond.
Thriving Families is a targeted early intervention program which includes both perinatal and post-natal components designed to help vulnerable parents develop healthy, supportive relationships with their child and each other. Utilising a strength-based approach, Thriving Families is designed to build strong family bonds of attachment and security, as well as provide much-needed guidance and support for parents and their extended family.
Parenting Program for Mandarin Speakers
In our long tradition of reaching out to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, CAPS provides a parenting program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of Mandarin speaking people. Participants are provided in a culturally sensitive manner with the parenting skills needed to build supportive family environments and teaches them to nurture their child’s development through learning stimulus, emotional awareness and personal reflection.
Delivered by CAPS at early learning centres, the Therapeutic Playgroups program has been designed to build children’s social, emotional, and communication skills through educational play activities including singing, storytelling, and art and craft.
The specialist team at CAPS create and co-design programs, workshops and support for a wide range of stakeholders (eg. faith based organisations, corporate clients and NGOs whose core work is not child protection but who need to understand particular child safe related issues and legal obligations, such as NDIS providers). The range of customised work we produce includes programs to work directly with children, leadership teams, train the trainer scenarios or whole of organisation workshops that may include content about legislative obligations such as reportable conduct and Royal Commission information.
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If you are concerned about a child’s welfare and suspect they are being abused please contact the authority in your state.