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Designed by MacKillop Family Services, delivered by The MacKillop Institute.

The instance of sexual exploitation of children residing in care is alarmingly high. Despite accounting for only 6% of all children in care, children in residential care account for over 80% of child sexual exploitation reports for this cohort.*

Many of these children and young people have experienced repeated family violence, trauma and displacement, making them highly vulnerable to child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviours, and dating violence. Prevention and early intervention are critical.

Upskilling carers

Power to Kids upskills carers, giving them the confidence to have ‘brave conversations’ about sexual safety and building carers capabilities to prevent, identify and intervene early when they see indicators of abuse.

Skilled carers play a crucial role in empowering children and young people in care with information about healthy relationships and sexual safety and knowledge about when and how to reach out for support.

We know that conversations about sexual safety can be difficult.

This is why carers need training and support to confidently talk to children and young people. They also need clear and practical resources and prevention and early intervention strategies to respond to risks as they arise.

Empowering children and young people

Power to Kids increases children and young people’s understanding of healthy relationships and sexual safety.

We know that by raising awareness of respectful relationships, grooming behaviour and sexual exploitation young people are empowered them to keep themselves safe.

Bringing Power to Kids to every residential provider

Power to Kids was piloted and evaluated in MacKillop Family Services' residential homes and is now being implemented across all MacKillop residential care homes.

On the back of strong outcomes, The MacKillop Institute is proud to offer Power to Kids to every residential care provider in Australia. This is made possible through the generous support of Westpac’s Safer Children, Safer Communities initiative.

* (Victoria, October 2018- August 2021)
We are offering FREE Power to Kids training to all Australian residential care providers, funded by Westpac.

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"Six weeks ago, I don’t think he would have come forward…Now he knows that this actually isn’t okay… I think that the program has definitely had an influence on him and made him feel comfortable to talk to the staff around what has happened."

Case Manager referring to a young man disclosing an act of harmful sexual behaviour

"One striking thing that came out of (the program) was that the girls mentioned to the carers that they should be talking to one of the other girls in the house, because they think she’s being groomed by her uncle... the girls seemed concerned about this relationship… and mentioned that to the carers..."

Sexual Health Nurse

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Cameron Burgess
National Lead, Program Development and Implementation

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