Teaching tools

Supporting a person to learn vocabulary needed to talk about abuse and neglect 

You can help a person who uses pictures to communicate to learn the symbols that they can use to talk about abuse, neglect and body autonomy by referring to relevant pictures within context. A great way to do this is using a poster, or a picture story book as a guide.

This proactive strategy is important, because:

  • It helps to avoid a scenario where the child or adult is exposed to this vocabulary for the first time in a scenario where they are required to make a disclosure about abuse or neglect
  • It promotes discussion and learning about abuse, neglect and body autonomy in a relaxed environment
  • It helps the person to learn about important concepts around abuse, neglect, sexuality and body autonomy


Learn about how to teach vocabulary

Watch a video to learn how to introduce vocabulary using a picture or narrative resource

Download a guide to introducing picture based vocabulary to a narrative or poster resource


Download resources to help teach vocabulary

Everyone's Got a Bottom resources 

The following resources have been developed to be used alongside the story book "Everyone's Got a Bottom" by Tess Rowley, produced by True Relationships and Reproductive Health, Queensland

Download sentence strips to be used with Everyone's Got a Bottom

You can purchase "Everyone's got a Bottom" from True Relationships and Reproductive Health


Staying Safe poster (VALID) resources

The following resources have been developed to be used alongside a poster by VALID about staying Safe.

Download the communication board designed to be used with the Staying Safe poster

Watch a video demonstration of how to use the communication board with the poster resource

You can download the Staying Safe poster from the VALID website