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Protective Behaviours

We are a Protective Behaviours school.

Protective Behaviours (PBs) is an internal process where each person applies the ideas to their own unique experience. 

Theme 1 ‘We all have the right to feel safe all the time’
We explore this theme in detail, carefully looking at the connection between rights and responsibilities. We also take the concepts of blame and punishment out of commonly held ideas associated with responsibilities. Instead we focus on the ‘ability to respond’ contained within the meaning of the word. The difference between having a responsibility for ourselves and to others is also examined. Next we discover for ourselves the difference between feeling safe, fun to feel scared (adventurous), risking on purpose (which may not feel like fun but we want the goal at the end) and feeling unsafe. These differences are recognised by what we call our ‘Early Warning Signs’ (EWS), the specific bodily responses which tell us when we do not feel safe. These universal body signs mean Protective Behaviours is accessible to all people, irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability or belief system.


Theme 2 ‘We can talk with someone about anything, even if feels awful or small’
This theme is also explored in detail. In particular we focus on the ideas and effects of ‘talking’, and what might happen if we do not believe this theme. We encourage everyone to develop their personal networks of support; those people they could turn to if in need. Desired qualities of network people are identified and we examine how we would know if someone has these qualities. Types of networks and ways of letting people know we need to talk with them are also explored.

Protective behaviours

We all have a right to feel safe

This is our Curriculum Map for RSHE