The New Zealand Police recommends that schools use the learning activities in Keeping Ourselves Safe within a whole-school approach as described in the intervention planning tool (PDF, 321KB).
How teachers can support Keeping Ourselves Safe
Teachers are strongly encouraged to support Keeping Ourselves Safe by:
- considering their attitudes and values towards child abuse and the importance of addressing child abuse as part of a broad and balanced curriculum
- increasing their understanding about child abuse and the use of effective pedagogies
- advocating for their school to include both prevention and response procedures in the school's child protection policy
- monitoring the effectiveness of Keeping Ourselves Safe using tools such as Wellbeing@school surveys
Resources for teachers
This guide contains essential information for preparing your school and staff to implement Keeping Ourselves Safe.
- Implementing Keeping Ourselves Safe in primary schools (DOCX, 325KB) (Updated 2020)
- Implementing Keeping Ourselves Safe in secondary schools (DOC, 123KB)
You can adapt these sample presentations for staff and parent/whānau meetings.
- Keeping Ourselves Safe staff presentation (PPTX, 4.4MB)
- Keeping Ourselves Safe parent/whānau presentation (PPTX, 3.7MB)
Curriculum-linked, age-related, and evaluated learning activities.
- Overview of primary school programme (PDF, 139KB)
- Keeping Ourselves Safe junior primary (Updated 2020)
- Keeping Ourselves Safe middle primary (Updated 2020)
- Keeping Ourselves Safe senior primary (Updated 2020)
- Years 9–10
- Years 11–13
- About abuse
- Evaluation report, To what extent can Keeping Ourselves Safe protect children (PDF 569KB)
- School stories
Other key resources
- Netsafe schools
- Sexuality Education: a guide for principals, boards of trustees, and teachers, Ministry of Education
Frequently asked questions
Why should the school include Keeping Ourselves Safe in an ongoing way?
Why is it important for schools to report abuse?
Supposing the child reports to someone who doesn’t listen?
How can we maintain confidentiality over a disclosure?
Our policy states we should report the abuse to a designated person in the school, but they don’t pass it on to Police or Oranga Tamariki. What should we do?
Does this mean that I can’t touch a child or be alone with one?