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Early Protective Messages

You will already be teaching your child protective messages every day - road safety, for example. You can use the same, everyday, approach to teach your child that their body belongs to them.

Listening to children and welcoming their questions about these topics will encourage them to always come to you first and this puts you in a good position to be able to protect them.

Many parents have told us they feel unsure about how to teach their young child (2-5yrs old) about appropriate touch in a way that isn’t frightening. Here is a great video demonstrating what consent can mean for young children.

Below are some examples from other parents and carers.