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Protective Behaviours - Skills for Life
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Recognising Child Abuse


What is protective interrupting?

Protective interrupting is a strategy to prevent a child disclosing in front of other students and providing them with the opportunity to disclose in a safe and confidential manner.

Protective interrupting involves the following steps:

  1. Gently interrupt the child by acknowledging them and preventing further disclosure e.g. "Thank you, it sounds as though you have something important to talk about. However, right now, I’d like you to focus on completing this piece of writing. Why don't we have a chat at recess?”

  2. As soon as possible, gain the attention of the child and gently indicate that the child can talk with you in a quieter area so that you can listen to them properly.

  3. If the child is willing to talk with you, follow the steps in How should I respond if a child discloses abuse?

  4. If the child is not willing to talk with you, respect their wish and let them know that you are willing to talk with them another time.  You may also ask them to think about someone else they would feel safe or comfortable talking with if they don’t want to talk with you or if you’re not available.

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