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Throughout the next few weeks we will be taking part in “Keeping Ourselves Safe” which is the personal safety programme KOS.
KOS has been designed to provide children with the skills to cope in situations that might involve abuse. It has three overall aims:
- To develop and strength skills children need to keep themselves safe;
- To support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults;
- To make parents and teachers more aware of the need to keep children from being abused by adults or older children.
KOS has been developed by the New Zealand Police and it will be taught by your child’s teacher, with help from our Police Education Office as required.
To be successful, KOS needs your help and support at home. Parents are welcome to come to school and help with classroom activities and information will be sent home about this. Some ‘Home Book’ activities will also come home for you to work on with your child.
It is important that you participate as much as possible, so that you can reinforce the messages children are getting and help your child use his or her new skills with confidence.
A parent only meeting (this is not suitable for children to attend) led by our Police Education Officer will be held on Tuesday 29 August at 6 pm in the staffroom when you can find out more about the programme and also be able to ask any questions you may have. Please fill in the confirmation slip below, to confirm whether or not you will be attending this meeting.
Please contact the school if you would like any more information about the programme KOS.