Protective Behaviours (PB) is a programme of safety and empowerment for all people. PB teaches strategies, particularly to children, to be proactive about their own safety. This Personal Safety Programme presents simple safety strategies that adults can easily learn, and then teach to all children they come in contact with.
Peg West, Donna Fortin and Joan Levy originated the Protective Behaviours programme in Wisconsin during the 1970’s. The process is now used extensively in Australia and throughout the UK by agencies including Social Services, Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Safeguarding Children Boards, Police, NSPCC, Domestic Violence Forums, Schools, Children’s Homes and Children’s Centres. It was brought to South Africa by our founding member, Hilda O’Callaghan, in 2009. It was formally established in 2017, when Protective Behaviours Southern Africa was registered as an NPO.