Children’s Safety Australia Inc. is a registered charity and incorporated association. Our
mission is to maximise
the safety and enhance the wellbeing of children and young
people and encourage them to reach their full potential.
The organisation is based in Brisbane
and was established in 2008 as a non-profit sister organisation
to Personal Safety Australia, an organisation sharing our
strong commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing.
Australia Inc. acknowledges the vulnerability
of children and young people to personal violence, as evidenced
by the following:
- Child abuse is Australia’s
most serious social problem1. In Australia a child is
abused or neglected
every two minutes, a rate that has more than doubled over
the last few years1.
Conservative estimates suggest that 10 – 20% of Australian
children (upwards of 550,000) are being abused or neglected
- All children
are at risk of sexual abuse regardless of their age, gender,
race, religion or ethnicity.
It is estimated as many as one in three boys and girls will
experience some form of sexual abuse before they leave school3.
Most children are abused by people they know and trust3 and
about one third of abuse is perpetrated by other children
or young people4.
- At least one in six Australian
children is bullied by another child or group of children
on a weekly basis5.
The most significant emerging problem is anonymous cyber
bullying using the internet and mobile phones.
- The long
term personal and community effects of abuse and bullying
are immense, and include
of substance addiction, personal violence, homelessness,
poor health, educational failure, poor employability, mental
illness, depression and suicide2. As a result, past victims
of abuse and neglect are grossly over-represented in prison
populations, as perpetrators of crime, and amongst the
most economically and socially disadvantaged members of
As a result, children and young people
need to be protected by adults and empowered with practical
strategies and skills
to effectively deal with threats to their safety when trusted
adults are not around. We teach our children how to be safe
in the water, in the sun and when riding their bikes, yet
we often fail to teach them how to be safe with people, which
is sadly their greatest safety threat. Subsequently, while
Children’s Safety Australia Inc. safety
concepts and strategies apply to a broad range of situations,
there is a focus on
maximising children and young people’s safety with
Children’s Safety Australia Inc. aims to achieve our mission to maximise the safety and enhance
of children and young people and encourage them to reach
their full potential by:
a) Equipping, empowering and inspiring children and young
people with knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of harmful
behaviours* by assisting them to:
- build a healthy self esteem and resilience;
respect and empathy for others;
- identify and effectively
respond to potentially unsafe situations;
- identify, prevent
and stop inappropriate behaviour including emotional,
physical and sexual abuse, bullying
and self-harming behaviour;
- access help from trusted adults
and relevant organisations;
- report abuse and continue
reporting until the abuse stops;
- reduce the risk of engaging in offending behaviour.
b) Equipping, empowering and inspiring adults responsible
for children and young people’s safety with knowledge
and skills to reduce the risk of harmful behaviours* by
assisting them to:
- identify risks faced by children and
- recognise, and appropriately respond
to, indicators and disclosures of inappropriate behaviour;
- gain an awareness of dangerous safety messages and practices
- relay and reinforce key safety concepts and
strategies to children and young people and encourage
of skills to maximise their safety;
- create a supportive
environment to promote children and young people’s
safety and wellbeing and to build positive relationships
with them; and
- role model key safety concepts and strategies.
* Harmful behaviours include emotional, sexual and physical
abuse, bullying, suicide, self harm and substance abuse.
Activities undertaken by Children’s
Safety Australia Inc. to achieve these aims may include:
- promoting awareness via the Children’s
Safety Australia Inc. website;
newsletters; media releases, interviews and articles;
an awards program;
- developing and distributing promotional
- developing and distributing resource materials;
- developing and delivering training.
Kim Kellaway is the founder and Director of Children's Safety Australia Inc. Kim founded the organisation in 2008 due to the lack of awareness of protective adults regarding both the risks facing children and the practical strategies to help keep them safe.
Kim has over 25 years policing experience, predominantly in crime prevention and training roles, both in Australia and internationally. Kim is the owner and director of Personal Safety Australia, a Brisbane-based education and training consultancy operating throughout Australia.
In 2008 Kim developed the Safe Start: Protective Behaviours for Children and the Safe T: Protective Behaviours for Young People programs to maximise the safety and enhance the wellbeing of children and young people and encourage them to reach their full potential. The four key messages of these programs are featured in Children's Safety Australia resources.
Kim is the mother of two children and is passionate about maximising the safety and enhancing the wellbeing of children.
|1 NAPCAN 2008, Child Abuse and Neglect
in Australia (online). Available http://www.napcan.org.au/what.htm.
[Accessed 25 May 2008].
|2 NAPCAN 2007, Child
Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet (online). Available http://www.napcan.org.au/what.htm.
[Accessed 3 April 2007].
|3 Briggs, F & McVeity,
M 2000, Teaching Children to Protect Themselves,
Allen & Unwin,
|4 McMenamin, B 2006,
Childwise Speak Up – An Australian campaign to
protect children from sexual abuse, Melbourne Vic.
|5 Rigby, K 2003,
Bullying among young children: A guide for teachers and
Government Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra.