The Keeping Ourselves Safe ( Kos ) Program Essay

1431 Words Oct 15th, 2014 6 Pages
The Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) program is run in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Police. It was introduced into schools in 1989 with the purpose of educating children about child abuse and how to prevent it. According to Sanders (2004) the three main goals of KOS was to “teach the children safe practices; encourage victims of abuse to come forward and to raise awareness within the community of the need to keep children safe”. The program has been split into age appropriate modules and for the purposes of this essay we will be looking at the modules for years’ 4-8.
The learning outcome for the program is for children to gain self-confidence and to also learn how to communicate in a safe and confident way. Children are taught how to make safe decisions and how to recognise an unsafe situation in either the real or online world as most abuse usually comes from someone they know. KOS shows children that unsafe environments in society can lead to emotional, sexual, physical, verbal, neglect and violence abuse. KOS emphasises that children who experience abuse are not to blame and it will teach them how to deal with it, why abuse has to be stopped and what help and support is available.
In summary KOS is about confident children learning to make safe decisions ensuring that they know they have a right to feel safe around other people. If abuse is experienced it must be reported, and that help and support are there for them.

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