Sunday, 11 February 2018

Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS)

(Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme)
KOS letter to Parents


Dear Parents/ Caregivers

In weeks four to week ten of this term (19th February-6th April) we will be teaching the
personal safety programme Keeping Ourselves Safe.

Keeping Ourselves Safe has been designed to give students the skills to cope in situations
involving abuse. It has 3 overall aims:

To develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people
To support and encourage children to get help from caring adults  
To make teachers and parents/ caregivers more aware of the need to keep children safe
from abuse by adults or other children.

This programme Keeping Ourselves Safe will be taught by your child’s teacher, with support
from our school’s Police School Community Officer. This is a part of the school curriculum,
not an optional one.

To be successful Keeping Ourselves Safe needs your help and support.
Your child may have homework tasks to work on with you.
Please be aware that correct body part names are used in the section dealing with
inappropriate touching. And in many instances, Constable Nikki  will be part of these

It is important that you participate as much as possible by talking to your child about
what they have been learning. This will help reinforce the messages the school is
giving, and help your child to use his/ her new skills with confidence.

You can look at the contents of the programmes on the Police website, or by Googling
Keeping Ourselves Safe which takes you straight to the right part of the Police website.
There is a parent portal and a teacher one, so feel free to look at both by using these links
 years 0-3 or years 4-6  or by follow the links in our electronic  newsletter.

Unfortunately our school community officer Constable Nikki is unavailable to run a parent
information evening prior to week four however, please contact the school if you would like
any more information about the programme or about child abuse.

Thanking You

Rex Maddren
School Principal

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