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Warning kids about sexual abuse is working, says Commission

PROGRAMS that teach preschoolers about child sexual abuse are working, says a new report from the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.

The programs are designed to help young children recognise "inappropriate touching", and what to do or say if that happens to them.

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It is the latest report from the Royal Commission examining Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Commission chief Philip Reed said children appeared to hold on to the knowledge without it making them feel anxious or scared.

"Current prevention programs from pre-schoolers are well received by parents and pre-school teachers, and do not appear to increase fear or anxiety in children, one of the common criticisms of these programs," Mr Reed said.

The report found:

-Children are better at detecting "inappropriate touch requests" and what they ought to do or say when that happens.

-Parents and preschool teachers appreciate them. The programs don't increase fear/anxiety in kids

-Very limited evidence that they are increasing reporting of child sexual abuse.

-More research needs to be done.

Check out the full report







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