Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Power to Kids utilises a “Brave Conversation model.” This model follows the TALK acronym:
- Take the Initiative
- Ask the child what they think or feel
- Let them know the facts and range of beliefs
- Keep the conversation going
(Faulkner & Schergen, 2016)
This is a simple method for having a trauma-informed conversation and keeping focus on a young person's feelings and values. The brave conversation model utilises fact-based education, eliminating shame and empowering children and young people to make their own decisions in a safe way.
We understand that not everyone feels comfortable talking about sexuality and relationships. That's why our trainers focus on creating a safe space for discussing these topics. This includes being aware of potential triggers and considering what needs to be in place to ensure cultural safety.
As a result of our training, previous carers who have been part of the Power to Kids program report improved knowledge, confidence and comfort talking about relationships, sexual health and sexuality with young people.
As part of the whole of house education, Power to Kids work is structured across three prevention strategies and covers ten topics, The topics include:
- As part of the whole of house education, Power to Kids work is structured across three prevention strategies and covers ten topics, The topics include:
- Cultural practic
- Gender and diversity
- Sexual health and contraception
- Sexual behaviour
- Respectful relationships and love
- Consent and age
- Grooming and abuse
- Disclosure and informed friends
- Online safety and pornography
The whole of house approach is one where all residential care staff are provided with training and supported to increase knowledge about:
- indicators of child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour and dating violence and how to respond
- relationships and sexuality
- how to have trauma informed 'brave conversations' with children and young people
The whole of house approach ensures that your whole team are supported to confidently work together and provide consistent messaging for young people.
Residential care providers will be offered the opportunity to access one full day of training. This will require the full engagement of staff for the duration, including participation in break-out rooms to contextualise the materials to your specific circumstances.
Leaders and champions will register for additional training to further understand their roles and responsibilities in implementing the program.
Once you register for the training, you will receive access to:
- a portal that contains a suite of resources to support your practice
- videos, links and activities to provide greater insight into key topics
- monthly Community of Practice sessions
Your organisation may also wish to purchase full implementation support, to access to expert coaching and consultations.
What consideration has been given to the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and staff?
We're passionate about ensuring the needs and voices of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children, young people and carers are reflected in Power to Kids. Topic #2 (Culture) focuses on cultural practice, safety and sensitivity. There are also specific psychoeducational activities and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, such as brave yarning circles. Implementing agencies will be encouraged to establish cultural protocols in their community to ensure cultural safety and support.