The Protective Behaviours program comprises four sets of lesson plans that enable teachers to teach and reinforce protective behaviours at four developmental levels: prep, level 1&2, level 3&4 and level 5&6. The lesson plans provide teachers with a variety of activities to choose from when implementing the program. The lesson plans are not meant to provide a prescriptive, structured curriculum program of activities, but rather to give ideas for adaptation within a classroom context, and also for targeted work with individual students. Teachers may choose to use small groups, team teaching with other teachers or parents, formal and informal sessions, environments other than the classroom and any other method that suits their teaching style which is in keeping with the program content and strategies.
Staff professional learning (PL):
Protective Behaviours training is provided to all professionals and community groups working with children and young people. Information sessions and workshops are provided to Parents, School and Community groups and some groups of young people where it is deemed appropriate.
(The CPS in Victoria does not do many group sessions directly with children or young people due to the belief that it can encourage the young person to feel responsible for adult behaviours or it can move a young person beyond their developmental or comfort levels within a group setting. PB’s is however used in one to one counselling with children and young people.)
The principles and activities of Protective Behaviours are then worked into the curriculum and school policies once training has been completed by staff.
There are several levels of Protective Behaviours training currently provided.These are:
A one-day introductory training session enabling participants to use the strategies with others, for example in classrooms or in one to one counselling. (The structure of the day is outlined in the above Outline of Program Content).
NSW also offers a two day training workshop which includes Protective Behaviours and one of two alternatives; either a full day implementation of the program and action planning or Child Protection and legislation alongside Protective Behaviours.
A two-day train-the-trainer workshop, which teaches basic training and presentation skills relevant to teaching the Protective Behaviours program. Professionals are encouraged to take this level if they are interested in developing their Protective Behaviours role further as it creates more possibilities for them to train colleagues therefore enabling Protective Behaviours to be further implemented across schools and workplaces.
The process of accreditation to become a Protective Behaviours trainer. This involves the supervised delivery of a Protective Behaviours Level One training session.
In order for Protective Behaviours to be implemented within a school, it is preferable that all professional staff complete Level One training. It is best for an entire staff group to complete the training together as this creates a group learning experience and provides a staff group with the opportunity to plan interventions and processes together. Differing states, however, also provide an open training day for a variety of education staff and professionals on a term-by-term basis. The cost of the training will be dependant on the organisation, the numbers of participants and the distance to be travelled by the facilitator. The program in Victoria, however, is endorsed and funded by the Department of Education and Training, which makes the program affordable for schools.