Emmy Project focuses on teaching child protective behaviors: A collaboration of Griffith University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, and Act for Kids

Pictured, left to right: Sam Melching (Act for kids), Katrina Lines (Act for kids), Kaye Pickering (Act for kids), Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck (Griffith University), Dianne Shanley (Griffith University), Codi White (Griffith University)

Today we celebrated all the successes of our collaborative Griffith University – James Cook University – Queensland Uni of Technology – Act for Kids research project funded by the Australian Research Council. 

Over the years 2013 to 2017, the project, titled Empowering and protecting children by enhancing knowledge, skills and well-being: A randomised trial of Learn to BE SAFE with Emmy™, was a multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the effectiveness of Learn to BE SAFE with Emmy™ at improving children’s protective behaviors knowledge and skills.

Learn to BE SAFE with Emmy™ is a psychoeducational children’s protection program developed by specialist staff at ACT for Kids, an Australian not-for-profit organisation working to prevent and treat child abuse.

https://www.actforkids.com.au/

https://www.sdrs.info/

For more information, see:

White, C., Shanley, D., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Walsh, K., Hawkins, R., Lines, K., Pickering, K., & Webb, H. Promoting young children’s interpersonal safety knowledge, intentions, confidence, and protective behaviour skills: Outcomes of a randomised controlled trial. Child Abuse & Neglect, 82, 144-155. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.05.024

White, C., Shanley, D., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Walsh, K., & Hawkins, R. (2018). “Tell, tell, tell again”: The Prevalence and correlates of young children’s response to and disclosure of an in-vivo lure from a stranger. Child Abuse & Neglect, 82, 134-143. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.06.001.

Dale, R., Shanley, D., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Lines, K., & Pickering, K., & White, C. (2016). Empowering and protecting children by enhancing knowledge, skills and well-being: A randomised trial of Learn to BE SAFE with EmmyTM. Child Abuse and Neglect, 51, 368-378.

White, C., Shanley, D., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Lines, K., Walsh, K., & Hawkins, R. (2016). Cluster randomised-control trial for an Australian child protection education program: Protocol for the Learn to BE SAFE with Emmy and FriendsTM, BMC Public Health, 16, 72-78. doi:10.1186/s12889-016-2721-x.

Rudolph, J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2018). Reviewing the focus: A summary and critique of child-focused sexual abuse prevention. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi:1177/1524838016675478.

Rudolph, J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Shanley, D., & Hawkins, R. (2018). Child sexual abuse prevention opportunities: Parenting, programs and the reduction of risk. Child Maltreatment, 23, 96-106. doi:10.1177/1077559517729479.

Rudolph, J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Walsh, K., Shanley, D., & Hawkins, R. (2018). Parenting practices and child sexual abuse risk: Are warm and involved parents more likely to discuss risk and protection with their children? Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27, 195-216. doi:10.1080/10538712.2018.1425946


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