Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is an internationally recognized personal safety program that enables adults and children to develop skills which promote resilience and empowers them to deal with unsafe situations.  Protective Behaviours aims to prevent/reduce abuse and violence, and increase safety.

The Protective Behaviours skills are delivered in a clear, non-confronting way and uses a fun and interactive style of teaching, targeted to the age and developmental stages of the children.

Why do we need Protective Behaviours?


  • At least 1 in 3 children are victims of sexual violence and physical abuse before they reach the age of 18
  • 96% of the victims are harmed by someone they know and trust
  • 72% of all victims are harmed in their own home

Statistics released during Child Protection Week 2017, by the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini



 The right to feel safe belongs to every person.  It is a human right that  cannot be earned and cannot be removed.                                                           

  • Feelings…  Children are taught and supported in developing a comprehensive feelings vocabulary which includes Safe and Unsafe feelings.
  • Early Warning Signs… Protective Behaviours teaches children how to identify their Early Warning Signs.
  • The Safety Continuum… Recognising whether one is feeling ‘safe’, ‘unsafe’ or somewhere in between.
  • Secrets…  Protective Behaviours teaches children how to identify the difference between safe and unsafe secrets and how to respond.   

Protective Behaviours encourages individuals to communicate how they are feeling …                                

and includes both safe and unsafe feelings.

  • Networks…  Children are supported in identifying specific people they can talk with when they feel unsafe.
  • Persistence…  Children are taught to keep on telling network people until they get the help they need. 
  • Public and Private…  Protective Behaviours empowers children with the understanding of Public and Private places, behavior, information as well as body parts.  This is especially helpful with the challenge of pornography facing Children.
  • Body Awareness and Ownership…  Protective Behaviours empowers children with the use of accurate terminology for all body parts – this can remove the embarrassment about private parts, as well as teaching consent and body autonomy.
  • Personal Space…  Children learn about social distance, taking control of their own personal space and respecting other people’s personal space.
  • Assertiveness… Children are taught that it is acceptable to say “No” (even to adults) if they feel unsafe – PB also teaches children to identify the different ways of saying “No” and appropriate times to say no.


How we teach

There are a number of ways we can teach or help you teach Protective Behaviours in your education environment

The program ideally runs over 9 weeks with each of the topics above taking one session.

We can assist you in implementing in the following ways:

  1. Our team of trained practitioners come to your school and run the program over a 9 week period.  Each group session takes approximately 30-45 minutes depending on the age and number of children.  This includes a 1 hour parent information session
  2. We can train the entire staff of your school and the teachers can teach the program to the children see Professional Workshop costs below.
  3. Combination – We train the staff and come and teach the program at your school


Programs for adults

Parent Information Workshop

A 1-2 hour information workshop for parents highlighting the need for Protective Behaviours as well as some basic guidelines on what can be taught

R 1500.00 excluding travel

Parent Full Day Workshop

A one day workshop that can be presented to parents in how to implement and teach Protective Behaviours to your own children.

R 650.00 per person for the day including a light  meal and notes.  Subsidies are available

Professionals Workshop

A 12 hour workshop for professionals working with children in implementation of Protective Behaviours in your professional environment.  Suitable for  pre school teachers, teachers, social workers, Psychologist, Police Officers and other NGO Workers.

R 1300.00 per person.  

Programs for young people

Pre School

10 week life skills  program in either an educational setting or a therapeutic setting.  Can be done 1:1 or small groups or large group setting.  Includes a 1 hour parent information session.

R 200.00 per child

Primary School

9-10 week life skills program in either an educational or therapeutic setting.   Requires ½ hour – 45 minutes a week for 9 consecutive weeks for maximum impact.

Cost R 200 per child for the full 10 week program 

Includes ½ day training for staff and a one hour parent information session

Teenage Workshop

A 3 hour program designed for 11-16 year olds, includes online safety, grooming process, sexual co-ersion versus consent.  (R 200.00 per person)


List of schools and Pre Schools we have run Protective Behaviours In

Pre Schools

  • Rynfield Pre Primary
  • Little Arbor
  • Farrarmere – The Castle
  • Little Einsteins
  • Jungle Tots
  • St Columbas Pre School
  • The Little Grange
  • Eco Kids
  • St Dunstans Pre preparatory
  • Oak Grove Montessori

Primary Schools

  • St Columbas
  • Leeuwenhof Akademie
  • Arbor Primary – Trained the staff who taught the children as part of assembly
  • Rynfield Primary – Foundation Phase
  • Benoni Junior School
  • Anzac Primary – Workshop run with the staff
  • Eastside Primary – trained all the staff
  • Farrarmere Primary
  • St Gemmas School
  • Western Cape Catholic Schools (Trained 72 educators across various schools to implement)
  • Midrand Montessori
  • Christian Life Private School

We have also done therapeutic groups with the program where at risk children were identified

  • Ashton College Benoni
  • Arbor Primary

Organisations we have run the program with

  • SOS Children’s Villages
  • Johannesburg Children’s Home
  • Salvation Army Strathyre Childrens Home
  • Shelter for trafficked and abused children in Musina
  • Child Welfare Benoni

Upcoming courses

DateType of courseVenue and link to register
 Online Childrens CourseMicrosoft Teams, Google Classroom
 Online Parent CourseMicrosoft Teams, Google Classroom, Udemy
Our live courses are currently suspended as a result of COVID-19