Category: Foundation of Personal Safety

Safety Through ‘Skills Before Knowledge’

Evidence shows the positive effect of experiential skills components on behaviour change. In Kidpower we make violence prevention and personal safety programmes more fun and much more effective by taking a ‘Skills before Knowledge’ approach. This article by Kidpower’s New Zealand Co-Director, Cornelia Baumgartner, explores why.


Medical Self-Defense: Stay Aware, Take Charge, Get Help

any of us can tell stories about how a lack of awareness or skill on the part of well-meaning people, who were supposed to help, caused great harm to someone who had a medical problem. We need to know how to protect ourselves from being hurt in these types of situations, just as we need to know how to defend ourselves from a deliberate assault.

The skills of protection and advocacy can work any time you need to protect yourself physically or emotionally. Being able to advocate for yourself and your loved ones can have a life and death impact when you are dealing with health and medical issues.


Overcoming the Bystander Effect: Creating Safer Communities for Everyone

The incident that brought me into this work included a classic case of the Bystander Effect. In 1985, I took a group of young children, including my own two, on a field trip to visit the city art museum downtown. We were in a public place with people standing all around when a man suddenly […]


6 Steps for Creating Cultures of Caring, Respect, and Safety in Daily Life

Kidpower’s vision of working together to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety for everyone, everywhere is a lofty goal that is often challenging to make real in our daily lives. Here some resources that can help.


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