Anti-abuse guide for kids

KNOWLEDGE is power, say Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia (FACAA).

The non-profit organisation is hoping a new book will help arm young children with the tools to recognise what constitutes abuse.

Some Secrets Should Never be Kept is part of the charity's education reform program.

It is written in a fairytale style and is suitable for children up to second grade.

It teaches children about "good secrets" and "bad secrets" and not to keep secrets from their parents.

Nuwarra Public School was the first school in Liverpool to receive the book.

It has also been delivered to 50 schools across Australia.

Charity founder and president Adam Washbourne said secrecy was one of the main weapons of child abuse.

"Perpetrators use a web of lies and manipulation by making kids keep secrets," he said.

"It [the book] hopes to eliminate the threat and fear for children, so they know they won't get into trouble if something happens to them and they tell mum and dad."

Mr Washborune said they had received a good response from schools about the book but there needed to be more educational resources available to teach children about child abuse.

"Apart from stranger danger, some schools don't cover much on child abuse at all.

"We want to get one of the books in the hands of every school counsellor in Australia."

The book costs $35 and comes with a teachers' resource manual.

Details: Email Adam Washbourne at adam@facaaus.org.

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