Power to Kids will roll-out on a state-by-state basis from early 2022. Your agency will receive a letter inviting key leaders to an introductory event to learn more about the program and how they can prepare and take part.
What can I do to register my interest?
Register your interest using the link below. You will be kept up to date with the latest information and key dates.
What is a ‘brave conversation'?
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.
What if I or some of my colleagues are not comfortable talking about sexuality with young people?
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.
What topics does Power to Kids cover?
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:
Rights of children and young people
Gender stereotypes and diversity
Normal and problematic sexual behaviour
Respectful relationships and love
Consent and age
Grooming and abuse
Disclosure and informed friends
Online sexual safety and pornography
How does the ‘whole of house’ approach work?
The whole of house approach is one where all residential care staff are provided with training and supported to increased 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.
What commitment is required to complete the training?
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 remain in the training to further understand their roles and responsibilities in implementing the program.
What support is available to implement Power to Kids?
Once you have completed the training, you will receive access to:
a suite of resources to support your practice
videos providing greater insight into key topics
a community of practice in your state or territory
Your organisaiton 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.
Get in touch with us to find out more
National Lead, Program Development & Implementation
The MacKillop Institute is a part of MacKillop Family Services.
MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.