Online Workshop Details
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What’s it about?
Children are wonderfully curious and naturally want to learn all about the world around them. While most adults are comfortable answering questions about animals or dinosaurs, when it comes to questions about sexuality, many grown ups find these conversations a little harder to have. Whether you are a parent or carer at home or an early childhood professional, you are bound to come across behaviours and questions about sexuality from young children. It is these questions and behaviours that give caring adults an opportunity to respond in a way that supports children’s healthy and safe sexual development.
This course looks at positive and protective ways to support children’s healthy sexual development.
Strategies to support healthy sexuality and respond to those behaviours of concern are addressed within a health and well being framework and link to Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety.
This course emphasises the importance of developing skills and processes to increase communication about sexuality and sexual development and to help ensure safe and positive environments for children.
This series will focus specifically on the 5-12 age group.
Specific Learning Outcomes
QA 2 :Children’s health and safety
PS1 – Know students and how they learn
PS4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning
- Understand sexual development of children
- Use the Traffic Lights framework to identify what is normal, concerning or problem sexual behaviours of children
- Identify ways to respond to sexual behaviours of concern
- Develop strategies for teaching about sexuality and personal safety
Positive and Protective – Creating a safe and healthy environment to support children’s sexual development – 5-12 Age Group - Session 1
Session Time: 20/08/2015 10:00 AM – 20/08/2015 12:00 PM
Positive and Protective – Creating a safe and healthy environment to support children’s sexual development – 5-12 Age Group - Session 2
Date: Thursday 17th September 2015, Venue: Online, Time: 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM
Melanie Grabski has worked at Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) for over 15 years. She regularly conducts sexuality education with children, parents/carers and professionals across the state and has co-authored several sexuality education resources including Where do I start? Supporting healthy sexual development in early childhood. Melanie’s areas of interest include early childhood, Indigenous health and prevention of sexual abuse. FPQ is the leading provider of sexuality and relationships education services in Queensland. FPQ believes it is important that all children receive positive messages about sexuality, sexual development and safety from their families, schools and wider community to help prevent sexual abuse.