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What we do

what we do

Bravehearts has been actively contributing to the provision of child sexual assault services throughout the nation since 1997.

As the first and largest registered charity specifically and holistically dedicated to addressing this issue in Australia, Bravehearts exists to protect Australian children against sexual harm.

All activities fall under ‘The 3 Piers’ to Prevention: Educate, Empower, Protect – Solid Foundations to Make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

EDUCATE: All children receive effective personal safety education

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show

This fun and interactive personal safety program has reached hundreds of thousands of Australian children since its inception in 2006.

Is Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show being delivered at your child’s school?

If you’d like your child’s school to be included in our program delivery, then contact them directly and encourage them to participate.  Or ask us, and we’ll be happy to contact them for you.

If you are a teacher and would like to book a show for your school – submit the FORM below and we’ll contact you to arrange a booking.

 

CyberEcho

Proudly partnering with Google, Bravehearts has developed CyberEcho, a comprehensive educational resource for Upper Primary School students.

The slogan, “what you share will always be there”, underpins the resource and each module of study teaches children key strategies to help them stay safe online.

If you are a teacher and would like to find out more about this program, either:

  1. Call us on 07 5552 3000 and ask to speak with one of our education team.
  2. Download this Expression of Interest Form and fax to: 07-5552 3088.
  3. Submit this Expression of Interest form online and submit where indicated:
Ditto in a Box teachers resource

Supporting in-class personal safety curriculum.

Ditto in a Box is a vital resource for teachers to deliver in-class personal safety modules that underpin children’s instinctive understandings and feelings around their personal safety in a way that is non-confronting, safe and highly effective.

Developed to complement the Personal and Social Capability Criteria of the Australian National Curriculum, it is focused on providing children with protective factors to build resiliency and empower them when faced with unsafe situations.

You can find out more about Ditto in a Box and other resources for school here.

Project You!

Interactive workshops addressing personal safety for young people.

Project You! is delivered as an interactive group workshop in 1 full day or 2 half day sessions. The program addresses personal safety and respectful relationships issues for young people.

The program is aligned with the National Curriculum and is segmented into two age groups in acknowledgement of the vast developmental differences that can exist during adolescence. These two age groups are grades 7 to 9 and 10 to 12.

Topics covered in Project You! include:

  • Understanding relationships
  • Understanding emotions
  • Asserting personal boundaries and respecting boundaries of others
  • Confidentiality
  • The importance of consent
  • Cyber safety including sexting and the law
  • Managing stress and seeking help

Participants engage in activities to create useful resources to take away from the session and in turn reinforce key messages.

To find out more about Project You! contact Bravehearts on 07-5552 3000 and ask to speak with a team member in our education department.

Alternatively you can:

Download this Expression of interest Form, complete and fax to:  07-5552 3088.

Complete this Expression of Interest form online and submit where indicated.

Email us at education@bravehearts.org.au.

EMPOWER: All adults are trained, aware and motivated

Individuals, Practitioners and Organisational Training

Preventative education, professional development and awareness training programs.

Developed by our Psychologists, Social Workers, Criminologists and Educators in response to community demand, our training and workshops cater for varying needs – dependent on your individual requirements.

We have programs to support and train:

  • Parents
  • Practitioners
  • Individuals within organisations
  • Educators
  • Sporting organisations
  • Out-of-home care providers
PROTECT: All systems of community and government engage effectively with adequate support services available

Research & Reform

Investigating the facts to enable appropriate reform.

Research is a vital component of our work in advocating for effective system and legislative changes to promote the safety and protection of our children and communities. Bravehearts actively conducts research that promotes an evidence-based approach to addressing child sexual assault and make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding.

Through ensuring that the voices and rights of children and victims are included in the debate and development of community and government responses, Bravehearts believes that we can more effectively respond to and ultimately prevent and reduce the incidence of child sexual assault.

Our research team works collaboratively with knowledge partners including leading researchers, Universities, State & Federal government departments and agencies, and is supported by our Executive Research Advisory Board. Our Research Policy outlines the principles adopted by Bravehearts to ensure the ethical conduct of our research. We have adopted the principles outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 and the Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities, 2014.

To take a look at what we’re working on now CLICK HERE.

Advocacy

Supporting victims in a number of ways.

Bravehearts provides advocacy for victims across a number of areas including:

  • Through the outcomes of the Royal Commission into Institiutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • In general case management
  • Supporting an holistic approach to care through referrals to other appropriate support services
SADS (Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme)

A non-confronting way for adult survivors to formally disclose.

Bravehearts successfully launched SADS in 2001 to provide an anonymous, non-confronting avenue for adult survivors to make a formal disclosure to police.

SADS is considered a best practice solution and is referred to and acknowledged by Queensland Police, Tasmanian Police and NSW Police.

In 2013 the service was launched online.

If you’d like to know more about this scheme CLICK HERE.

Join the Dots

For young people to share their experiences online.

Join the Dots was developed in consultation with Task Force Argos, the Queensland Police Service specialist online child exploitation team.

It aims to provide a safe, anonymous and official process by empowering young people to use their knowledge and skills to identify and report predatory behaviour which will lead to the prosecution of offenders and protect younger internet users.

Join the Dots was designed to provide a simple and anonymous avenue for young people to share what they are seeing and experiencing online, to ‘join the dots’ and to protect their younger siblings against a crime that is increasing at the same rate technology evolves.

If you’d like to know more about this scheme CLICK HERE.

Case Management

Support and advocacy for clients.

Bravehearts operates through appropriate channels to provide specialist advice that assists survivors of sexual assault, families and community members in the resolution of their concerns.

Through support and advocacy for clients who are having difficulties in their dealings with the criminal justice system and government agencies, Bravehearts provides referrals, accompanies the client to make a disclosure statement to police and makes contact with the organisation and service involved.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Support for victims of institutional abuse.

After more than a decade of lobbying the Government, Bravehearts welcomed the announcement in November 2012 of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It is clear from past Inquiries and from the continual exposure of system failures to recognise, respond to and prevent child sexual assault that national leadership is required to address the issues relating to child protection.

We recognise that the first step to solving any problem is to fully understand it.

A Royal Commission will deliver this outcome not only for our political, judicial and spiritual leaders, but also for the Australian population generally and those survivors who have been given a platform to tell their stories.

Only with this level of understanding and awareness can we ever hope to stem the tragedy of child sexual assault in this nation.

Bravehearts is dedicated to the Royal Commission’s success and are providing community based support services for those wishing to engage with the Royal Commission.

Bravehearts is here to support those who wish to come forward and share their story and experiences with the Royal Commission.  To find out more CLICK HERE.

Risk Management

ChildPlace is a risk management program for organisations who employ or work with minors.

An Australian study has shown approximately 17% of child sex offenders locate their child victims through the offender’s place of employment. (Smallbone & Wortley, 2000).

Many organisations interact with children and minors on a personal basis and now, more often, engaging with them online.

Every organisation that has responsibility for the care, education, or employment of minors will almost certainly assume a duty of care towards those minors.

In recent years, Australian organisations have increased their focus on preventing Workplace Health & Safety incidents.  This affords some measure of protection for children and adults alike, but does not address some risks specific to children including the particularly confronting issue of child sexual assault.

By not understanding or managing child protection risks, an organisation could be held to account for their actions or inactions.

To address this issue, Bravehearts and EY have formed an alliance to help organisations work to better protect children.

Together we bring you ChildPlace Health & Safety (‘ChildPlace’), a risk management initiative, set to shift the way organisations protect children from sexual assault and which we believe is the next generation of Workplace Health & Safety.

ChildPlace combines Bravehearts’ experience as a leading child protection advocate and EY’s established ability to help organisations identify and manage risk.

To find out more about this important initiative CLICK HERE.