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.

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. 
Purchase it from Book Depository here.

Other Resources:

Printable awareness and information posters by Jayneen Sanders
Available at

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.