Top Tips: Resources to teach children body safety, consent & protective behaviours


 Books from Jayneen Sanders…all available here.

  • Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
    A children’s picture book to keep kids safe from sexual abuse.
  • No Means No!
    Teaching children about personal boundaries, respect and consent.
  • Body Safety Education
    A step-by-step guide for parents and carers on how to protect children from sexual abuse through personal Body Safety Education.
  • My Body! What I Say Goes!
    A book to empower and teach children about personal body safety, feelings, safe and unsafe touch, private body parts, secrets/surprises, consent and respect.
  • Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect
    A book to teach children about body ownership, respectful relationships, feelings and emotions, choices, and recognizing bullying behaviours
  • ABC of Body Safety and Consent
    A book to teach children about body safety, consent, safe and unsafe touch, private parts, body boundaries and respect.

A Secret Safe to Tell by Naomi Hunter
This beautifully illustrated book encourages and empower children to speak up if someone is touching them in a way that makes them uncomfortable.

Matilda Learns a Valuable Lesson by Holly-ann Martin
This book is an invaluable safety resource for those with or those who teach children and a powerful tool for children of all ages and cultures.

Hayden-Reece Learns a Valuable Lesson that Private means ‘Just for You’ by Holly-ann Martin
This book will help both parents and teachers explain this important subject so that children of all ages will understand the difference between public and private.

Someone should have told me by Holly-ann Martin
is a book for adults to share with children (best for aged 6-10 according to Holly-ann). It uses colourful, fun illustrations and simple statements prefaced by “Someone should have told me…,” to help adults talk to children about potential online and face-to-face dangers.

My body Your Body by Mellita Rose
The book teaches children aged 3-8 about their bodies, consent, boundaries and the early warning signs surrounding protective behaviours.. It has recently been endorsed by The Autism Association of Western Australia for use as a teaching aid.

What is a Secret? What is a Surprise? by Mellita Rose
This book is an essential follow-up to MY BODY YOUR BODY. Protective Behaviours for children gives them the knowledge needed to make safe choices and help protect themselves from abuse and grooming. Keeping secrets, even seemingly innocent ones can be the start of unsafe situations. These types of secrets can be from adults, siblings or other children. And this book helps children understand that. Also available from

Michael’s Bubbles by Justine O’Malley
A Protective Behaviours Story book about personal space.
Available from WA Child Safety Services
Justine O’Malley works for WACSS

My Body Belongs to Me by Jill Starishevsky
The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone.

Smart Parenting for Safer Kids by Professor Freda Briggs AO
Her latest book covers Bullying, Cyberspace and Internet safety, Sexual Abuse, Parenting through Adolescence, and so much more.

My Underpants Rule! by Kate Power and Rod Power
A fun, easy way to teach children how to protect their Private Parts.

Only For Me by Michelle Derrig
Endorsed by one of Australia’s leading child protection agencies Act For Kids, Only For Me is a resource of the
Child Protection Unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

C is for Consent by Eleanor Morrison
A children’s board book about respecting body boundaries. 
Available widely online and in bookstores

This is my Body by Lil Carle & Liuba Syrotiuk
A children’s picture book about body autonomy and consent.
Purchase it from Booktopia here.

Everybody’s got a Bottom by Tess Rowley
A story about Ben and his brother and sister learning and talking together about bodies.
Purchase it here.

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Styles & Dr Melissa Kang
How to say no, when to say yes and everything in between.
Available widely online and in bookstores.

Don’t touch my hair by Sharee Miller
An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.
Purchase through Sharee’s website here.

Little BIG Chats by Educate2Empower Publishing
Brilliant books for children 2-9 years about body safety and consent. Their recently released Little BIG Chats series is aimed at children aged 2-6 and covers topics such as Consent, Secrets and Surprises, Private Parts are Private, My Safety Network and Early Warning Signs.
Purchase here.

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children & Teenagers safe (and Parents sane) by Gavin De Becker
Offers practical new steps to enhance children’s safety at every age level, giving you the tools you need to allow your kids freedom without losing sleep.
Widely available online.

Other Resources:

Printable awareness and information posters on body safety, gender, consent and more by Jayneen Sanders
Available here.

Little Big Chats: Lesson Plans & picture books for preschoolers Jayneen Sanders
This resource features lesson plans, 12 little books and posters to assist parents, caregivers and educators to have open and age-appropriate conversations with early learners around crucial, and yet at times, ‘tough’ topics. Check it out here.

A great article on teaching consent to kids with links to extra resources from Cath Hakanson at sexedrescue here.

Teeny Tiny Steevies: Boss of My Own Body
Watch it on Youtube here.

Livvi Music “I Can Use My Voice (unsafe secrets song)”
Watch it on Facebook here.

Body Safety Australia: Parent Workshops
Within these workshops parents/carers and guardians will learn of their role in understanding body safety and protective behaviours.

Tea and consent... a wonderful video that explains consent very creatively likening it to making someone a cup of tea (this is the clean version)

Kids Helpline: telephone 1800 551 800

NAPCAN: Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect
Helpful website that includes information, programs and resources.

SAFE4KIDS has a host of resources including a Board Game
This versatile game can be used as an assessment tool to evaluate children’s ability to conceptualise the principles of Protective Behaviours.

Through proactive and preventative education, eSafeKids support and inspire parents, carers, educators and other professional to talk with children, young people and vulnerable adults about body safety, cyber safety, digital wellness and pornography.

Top Tips: Resources to teach children body safety, consent & protective behaviours

My Body, My Rules

Boss Of Your Own Body

From My Head To My Toes I Say What Goes

Don’t Hug Doug, He Doesn’t Like It

Yes! No! A first conversation about consent

Respect, Consent, Boundaries and Being In Charge Of You

Keeping Kids Safe resources
for Prep/Kindy right through to Year 12
created by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation
A suite of videos and activities for early years through secondary school to be used as part of a comprehensive whole school approach to personal safety education.

My Underpants Rule! Books and other resources:
A UK-based site on child protection for parents and educators.

Pantosaurus Pants Song by NSPCC
UK-based charity that protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood.

Protect Yourself Rules by Barbara Sinatra Foundation
Fantastic age appropriate cartoons on YouTube
Watch them here.

Keeping Kids Safe! A Child Safety initiative by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Inc
A great site with a free resource kit and DVD, curriculum materials and other useful information and tools such as a free HELP ME app to help children recognise, report and act.

Paediatric Health and Safety Guide
A useful guide to information about basic safety in childhood and including child protection issues.

WA Child Safety Services
West Australia Child Safety Services is a specialist provider of Protective Behaviours, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education programs and resources. They work with children, young people, parents, educators, and professionals to create safer communities.

Body Safety Education and Resources

Protective Behaviours Victoria
Abuse prevention training for schools, teachers and professionals as well as program delivery in schools and early childhood settings in Victoria.

Safer Stronger Kids with Caroline Ellen
Offering daily parenting inspiration and courses that support you to be the parent you want to be.

Roar Australia – KidsRoar
Delivers engaging protective behaviours programs that focus on ‘Personal Safety 4 Kids.’

Kids Guardian, NSW Government – Webinars and face-to-face training
Offering free child safe training sessions for people working or volunteering in child-related organisations in NSW. The sessions will provide you with the skills and resources to help you establish more effective ways to manage risk and focus on creating safe environments for children and young people. Access it here.

It’s Time We Talked It’s time we talked (formerly Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality)
A violence prevention project that supports young people, parents, schools, government and the community sector to understand and address the influence of pornography. It includes helpful resources including videos that deconstruct some of the myths that porn creates about sex.

Project Ari
A podcast for kids 8-10 (produced by Nova Entertainment and the Dept of Social Services) about 10-year-old Ari, who’s the world’s first artificial intelligence prototype, as he tries to wrap his ‘data brain’ around the human experience. This series is funny and silly, with plenty of heart, and has been designed as a tool to help start meaningful conversations with kids about respectful behaviour.

Bravehearts Australia
Offer excellent training and education in these areas.

Puberty & sex education:

The “Secret” series including Secret Girls’ Business, Secret Boys’ Business, The Secret Business of Relationships, Love & Sex by Heather Anderson, Faye Angelo and Rose Stewart (Illustrated by Jeff Taylor)
Fantastic, accessible, fun guides for various ages and stages to discuss puberty and sex.

Sex Ed RescueHelping Parents do Sex Education
Great blog and resources from Cath Hakanson, a mum, nurse, clinician, educator, counsellor and more.

A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and A Guy’s Guide to Puberty by Michelle Mitchell
Must-have resources for your tweens.

Talk Soon. Talk Often – Healthy WA
A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex.
Access the documents here.