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Keeping Ourselves Safe (for years 7–8)

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 7–8 resources will help students to learn:

  • a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with others
  • what they can do if they have been or are being abused
  • what happens when abuse is reported.

Six focus areas

Learning activities are arranged in six focus areas. [All updated 2017]

Focus area 1: Keeping one step ahead

Students learn to take care of themselves in a range of social settings. They learn what the dangers are, who could get hurt and what they can do to keep themselves safe. 

Focus area 2: I'm responsible for others, too

Students learn to be responsible for the safety of others by means of scenarios involving the care of siblings and a dependent grandparent, and a peer’s need for support when being bullied.

Focus area 3: Finding out about abuse

Students need to be aware of what constitutes abuse so that they can recognise if they are being abused and know how to create a safe classroom.

Focus area 4: Families working together

Sometimes abuse occurs within the family. Children are particularly vulnerable. Students discuss family discipline and stress. They learn that they should feel safe, cared for and protected within their family.

Focus area 5: Reporting abuse

When abuse is reported, the abuser is stopped and the healing process can begin for the victim. Students learn why it is important to report abuse and to know who, and how, to tell.

Focus area 6: What happens now?

Through a discussion session with a panel of child protection personnel students learn about the process that takes place when abuse is reported.