Keeping Ourselves Safe (for years 0–3)

Keeping Ourselves Safe consists of a range of child protection resources to help children and young people learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others.

New Zealand Police recommends that schools use the learning activities in Keeping Ourselves Safe within a whole-school approach.

What students will learn

These year 1–3 resources will help students to learn:

  • a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others
  • what they can do if they have been or are being abused.

Five focus areas

The learning activities are arranged in five focus areas. [Updated in 2017, unless otherwise stated]

Focus area 1: I am unique: Tino taonga koe

For safety reasons students need to know their name, where they live, and the names of the people they live with. When they can verbalise their feelings confidently, they can report times when they feel safe and unsafe. 

Focus area 2: My body is my own: Kei a koe to mana tinana

They understand the names of body parts and that no one should touch their genitals unless it is for health reasons. Students consider touch that they like, touch that hurts and touch that is confusing. 

Focus area 3: Dealing with unwanted behaviour and touch: Tāu e ahu ai ki te whanonga me te pā kino

Students need to be able to say “no” confidently, move away, and report what has happened. They learn the difference between good secrets and bad secrets and know how to tell. 

Focus area 4: Adults who help: Ngā kaiāwhina pakeke

Students learn who they can trust to help them. Together with the people they live with students develop safety rules and strategies to help them keep safe. 

Focus area 5: Nikau and Mokomoko game

A board game similar to snakes and ladders that involves questions and answers related to child abuse.