Safe Steps for Children and for Youth — two new websites
Australia’s Safe Steps organization has launched two new micro-sites for children and youth. These interactive sites are for children [Internet Archive link] and teens [Internet Archive link] who are may be experiencing domestic abuse. This is a much needed resource for our children and teens! I encourage you to explore the sites.
safe steps 4children [Internet Archive link] is an interactive, simple to navigate site designed to assist young children who have experienced family violence and are entering safe house / refuge / shelter accommodation. It features colourful imagery, simple information and stimulating play activities that introduce and explain the concept of family violence to children in an age-appropriate way, while also helping them feel comfortable in a safe house, shelter, or refuge setting.
The children’s site also provides information for parents and specialist family violence support workers, including how family violence can affect children emotionally and behaviourally, how to create a safety plan that includes children, and how to help children who have witnessed violence start to recover and heal.
safe steps 4 YOUth [Internet Archive link] features information specifically relevant to teens who may be experiencing family violence or dating violence. Clearly signposted sections explain what family violence and dating violence are, how to get help if you feel unsafe, advice on technology safety and answers to frequently asked questions submitted by school students.