A new initiative tailored for children living in Rainbow Families is keeping young people safe.
Developed by Prosper (Project Australia) and Rainbow Families, the newly launched program helps young people to understand safety, develop protective behaviours and navigate complex issues, such as anti-LGBTQ+ behaviour, risk taking and early warning signs.
Our focus on children and young people reflects their importance as future community leaders. The behaviours they learn now, the attitudes they pick up at home and at school will shape tomorrow’s world. We want children and young people living in Rainbow Families to identify themselves in the pages of our programming and understand the important role they have to play in preventing violence.
Program content has been designed for important stages in development with activity resources for each of the groups; pre-schoolers, primary-schoolers and high-schoolers as well as a parent guide to support caregivers in using the program at home. A calendar of parent and child workshops is underway, and the initiative will be expanded online and at a grass-roots level through Rainbow Families playgroups and events across the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.
The initiative is part of the Rainbow Families Family Violence Prevention Program – a multi-year effort to engage LGBTIQA+ families in the prevention of violence, and will see a suite of innovative activities, events and resources reach the community over the coming years.