CPS’ Sexual Abuse Counselling and Prevention Program will be offering a monthly Psychoeducation session for parents in the cities of Whittlesea, Yarra, Nillumbik, Banyule and Darebin. Topics include: Definition of Sexual Abuse; Myths and Misconceptions regarding Child Sexual Abuse; What is appropriate sexual behaviour in children and adolescents (when to be concerned); Barriers for children in disclosing; Responding to disclosures and talking to children about their experience (do’s and don’ts); Basic Protective Behaviour strategies to engage with children Legislation around reporting, failing to disclose, failing to protect and the grooming act The session is free and is located at our Thomastown office at 273 Settlement Road from 6pm-8pm on the following dates in 2017: 26 April 24 May 28 June 26 July 23 August 27 September 25 October 22 NovemberRead the story
The last day of January marked the first day of Korin Korin’s 2017 program which has grown this year to include an extra 4 year old session. The Centre now runs five groups (one of them for 3 years old) and we also welcome a number of new staff. Whilst the resident ‘roos were nowhere to be seen in the back paddocks, Stuart from Wild Action brought along a baby wallaby which wowed the children. With a mix of mums, dads, grandparents, brothers and sisters on hand there were none of the usual first day tears in evidence. In fact most of the youngsters were jumping out of their skin once they spotted all the awesome craft and play stations on offer. Literally within the space of 15 minutes some children had completed a painting, created with play-do and drawn a crayon picture in between free play! After these initial bursts of enthusiasm and creativity, the beautiful weather outside beckoned and more fun and exploration was had. One couldn’t help but feel slightly jealous of the children’s carefree days ahead with access to such brilliant resources and caring educators. One boy’s 9yo old brother was moved to say he wished he was still in kinder! It was a privilege to witness such an important step in their young lives and development. For more information contact Whittlesea Council’s Early Years Team on 9217 2170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Expressions of Interest for three year old kindergarten can be made by calling 9450 0971 or email email@example.com. [gallery size="medium" ids="1450,1452,1457,1451,1454,1456,1459,1453,1461,1455,1458,1460"]Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.