Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is a practical down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection.
The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear.
The Protective Behaviours Programme is delivered in each year group throughout the autumn term. It is then revisited throughout the school year in all aspects of the curriculum.


Protective Behaviours is based on Two Themes and Seven Strategies

The first theme 'We all have the right to feel safe all the time' incorporates the concepts of ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Safety’ and ‘Early Warning Signs’. The second theme 'There is nothing so awful, or too small, we can't talk about it with someone' develops the concept of personal ‘Networks’ of support. A more recent version of the second theme ‘We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small’ is a simpler sentence and suggests a positive 'We can talk' message about networking, consistent with the PB process.

The seven 'Strategies' of Protective Behaviours are intended to enable us to take necessary action to feel safe again. They are designed to reinforce the two themes of Protective Behaviours, use one-step-removed approaches in our search for solutions, review our personal networks to ensure they are reliable, use persistence in taking necessary action to feel safe again, risk on purpose as needed, protectively interrupt in unsafe or potentially unsafe situations and observe the language of safety for ourselves and with others.

The Language of Safety, the seventh strategy in the PB process, has been described as the glue that holds the PB process together. It encourages us to be mindful of the 'Quality' of the language we use, ensuring that we have 'Shared Meaning', taking 'Ownership' of our language and maintaining ‘Clarity’ in our verbal and non-verbal communication.

In this way the PB process can increase our self-confidence and empower us to enhance our own thinking and problem solving skills. In turn this can increase our ability to take protective action on our own behalf, and seek the support of others when needed, to help us feel safe again. When we are feeling safe we are more likely to feel confident, strong and empowered, engage in adventures and live life to the full within a framework of safety.