Developing kind, respectful young citizens
Goodstart centres have this week acknowledged White Ribbon Day
, a day which raises awareness about domestic violence and violence against women, by finding age appropriate ways to encourage kindness, understanding and respect.
We know that children exposed to domestic and family violence experience trauma that can adversely impact their learning, development and wellbeing.
As educators of young children, our centres understand their important role in supporting victims and preventing the continuation of violence in future generations.
How do we support White Ribbon Day?
- We support families and children by acting as a safe place and helping families connect with information and services that can help.
- We value the opportunity to help break cycles of violence by helping children self-regulate, understand their feelings and express them in appropriate ways.
- We encourage children to use ‘kind hands’, which is about being caring, helpful and gentle in relationships.
- We encourage positive, respectful relationships between all staff in Goodstart centres.
By working together with families, raising awareness, modelling behaviours and educating young children about positive relationships, we can help prevent future incidences of violence and contribute to a healthier society.
White Ribbon Day is acknowledged around Australia on Saturday, 25 November.