May 11, 2012
Teaching children about safety, from how to prevent playground accidents to
how to cross a busy street, is an important aspect of the Grade One and Two
program. As part of this safety instruction, students in the West Vancouver
School District are presented with an abuse prevention and personal safety
unit. For more information on the B.C. Ministry of Education’s mandated
learning outcomes for Grade One and Two in the area of Health and Career
Education, please see the attached sheet or visit the ministry website at
I will be teaching several lessons from a program called “Challenge Abuse
Through Respect Education” (C.A.R.E.). This program is designed to give
young children some basic safety concepts upon which families can build as
children grow older. The key messages of the C.A.R.E program are
summarized for you and will take place during the next couple of weeks.
The school district provides the opportunity for students, upon the request
of the parents, to opt for alternative delivery of instruction with regard to
these learning outcomes. Please direct any such request to Mrs. Brady.
Mrs. H. Tak
Challenge Abuse Through Respect Education: C.A.R.E.
There are FIVE key messages that are stressed in the C.A.R.E. program. Each of these messages
will be presented and discussed with the students. Some of the messages may be combined or
repeated over the course of the unit.
We have already talked about safety at school, at home and outside home. During the next
month we will be talking about Personal Safety. Personal Safety is safety of your body, your
feelings, your health, or any part of you. This safety is about stopping and staying away from
unsafe situations. During the introduction, we will introduce a puppet character named “Trusty”
who will help deliver the lessons and guide our discussions.
Message One: Your body is yours! Each person’s body is different, unique and special. All
bodies deserve to be treated with respect. Treating our bodies and other peoples’ bodies with
respect helps keep us and others safe and healthy. This includes, staying clean, bathing
regularly, brush and floss teeth, eating nutritiously. Personal Safety is safety of your body, your
feelings, your health, or any part of you. Your body is yours to keep healthy and safe.
Message Two: Bodies are Private. The whole body is private, but some parts are more private
than others. When we talk about “private parts” we mean the breasts, genitals and buttocks.
For girls this means the breasts, vulva, vagina and buttocks. For boys this means, the penis,
testicles and buttocks. What we cover up with a bathing suit are our private parts. Sometimes
it is embarrassing to talk about these subjects, but each of them is an important part of our
bodies and we need to know the right language to use if we are hurt and need to tell someone.
You can give permission (to parents, a doctor or nurse) to touch a private part when you need to
be helped to stay healthy or clean.
Message Three: Touches can be appropriate or inappropriate. Appropriate touches are
respectful, kind caring touches. Inappropriate touches are disrespectful, confusing, scary or
hurtful touches. Child sexual abuse is when a person tries to touch or look at your private parts,
or wants you to touch or look at their private parts.
Message Four: If there is inappropriate touching you can use three Personal Safety Rules:
- TALK: say NO!
- WALK: get away.
- SQUAWK: Tell someone you trust. Keep telling until someone helps you.
Message Five: Secrets about Touching Should Never Be Kept.
Some secrets we can keep, like a surprise gift for a birthday. Some secrets must not be kept.
Secrets about touching should NEVER be kept, even if someone you know really well tells you to
keep it a secret. Remember: your body is yours! Personal Safety is safety of your body, your
feelings, your health, or any part of you. Never keep a secret about personal safety.