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Effective delivery methods and teaching strategies for child sexual abuse prevention: a rapid evidence check

Child sexual abuse Child abuse Online learning Primary education Primary prevention Early childhood education Australia

Commissioned by the Bravehearts Foundation, this report reviews the effectiveness of child sexual abuse prevention education for pre-schoolers and children in the early primary school years (aged 2-8 years). Programs are reviewed in terms of design, content and teaching method.

The review recommends effective ways to prevent child sexual abuse in schools. It also highlights issues that need to be addressed in prevention education programs. A significant issue is that children and young people can sometimes engage in harmful sexual behaviours towards other children. More focus is needed on the potential of children and young people to engage in harmful sexual behaviour with other children and young people (estimated at 30%).

A key recommendation is to teach self-protection programs within a framework of healthy and respectful relationships. This kind of holistic approach has the capacity to be protective against more than child sexual abuse.

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