To effectively implement key action area 2.3 of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, children should be offered access to sexual abuse prevention programs and to relevant related information in an age-appropriate way. The National Quality Framework provides a national approach to the regulation and quality of education and care services across Australia but does not provide any guidance to providing children with access to sexual abuse prevention programs. While there is now significant attention and emerging literature on `child safe' organisations, and how to create them, there is still truly little research on how child safe organisations should be operationalised in early learning contexts, and how children aged birth to 5 years, may be offered access to sexual abuse prevention programs and to relevant related information in an age-appropriate way. Effective education programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse (CSA) are now taught in many Australian primary schools and pre-schools (kindergartens), although there is much variability in teaching methods and delivery format. This research will undertake a pragmatic exploration of the existing tools, strategies and resources that could support early learning practitioners to teach children protective behaviours in age-appropriate ways. Using Design Based Research this project aims to build on existing research and sexual abuse prevention strategies to develop and implement guidance materials, tools and resources, specifically for early years practitioners working with children from birth to 5 years.
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