Over the next two weeks the teachers will be engaging the children with the Daniel
Morcombe curriculum. The first phase of this curriculum is to discuss with them about
recognizing safe and unsafe situations and looking for safety clues.Children, young people and adults can all learn to take notice of what is happening around
them to help keep themselves safe. Everyone can use clues, such as the things we see,
hear, smell or feel to help protect us from harm and keep ourselves safe. Clues can be
simple things that warn us about a danger, e.g. hearing a fire alarm or seeing smoke, that
prompt us to react. We can also use clues to prepare for potentially unsafe situations, e.g.
if we are walking alone at night, then we try to use a well-lit route and avoid secluded lanes
or parks.When we recognise that there might be a safety problem we can take steps to move away
or reduce the risk or develop strategies that can help keep us safe. For instance, if you are
in a busy environment such as the Ekka or a local event where there are big crowds, you
might consider what you and your child could do if you became separated. Strategies could
include: going to a highly visible pre-determined meeting spot; writing your phone number
on a card and placing it in your child’s pocket; identifying who your child could approach if
they become lost, e.g. police, staff at a booth.No doubt as parents you do discuss this with your children but it is important that there is a
consistent ongoing message.