Adults learn how to use the Kidpower approach for helping their children learn and develop age-appropriate People Safety skills. Your class can focus on any age range, infancy to teen. Participants practice ways to foster the skills through upbeat, experiential practice without using fear as a motivator. Sessions can be after school, weekend, or evening.
Our instructor leads children together with their parents/caregivers in practicing age-appropriate People Safety skills together. Concepts are introduced through stories, games, and role-plays, then adults and children are coached in practicing on their own. Age ranges can be 4-8 or 6-12. Sessions can be after school, weekend, or evening.
"No one ever showed me how to do this!"
Workshop hours can be divided between classes at the same location
Students of years 0-8, along with their teachers, practice age-appropriate People Safety skills for being safe with strangers, peers, and other people they know. Full-force self defence skills practice on a head-to-toe padded instructor can be included, if requested. Parents are welcome. Each class can work with the Kidpower instructor for up to two hours. Costs reflect the time the instructor is on-site, but the time can be divided between classes at the same site. This structure works well for camps and other agencies as well.
Our dynamic thirty-minute assembly programmes introduce larger groups of children, together with teachers and parents, some powerful People Safety skills they can use to be safer on the playground, online, and in their neighborhoods.
On request, we can include full-force self-defence skills in any of the workshops for children. In addition to the 'Everyday Safety Skills' included in our other Workshop, the children have an opportunity to practice physical self-defense skills ('Emergency Safety Skills') as well. Children work with the padded instructor to practice hitting and kicking.
This unique, comprehensive learning experience for children ages 8-12 spans one full day. Each child does role-plays in which they experience success using their awareness and boundary-setting skills in age-appropriate situations. The Full Force self-defense practice builds children’s belief in their ability to be powerful while increasing their understanding that fighting is always the last resort.
Kidpower Comics Teaching Kits optional
Teachers, childcare providers, counselors, and other professionals learn direct applications of People Safety skills relevant to their own specific work situation. Participants learn applications of skills to improve students’s People Safety skill competency as well applications to support a safe, positive learning environment.
Participants learn,activities and skills, we support with materials and optional on-the-job, one-on-one support in addition to the group sessions. Our goal is to build each participant’s confidence in their own ability to introduce, coach, and tailor core Kidpower skills independently with their own students. We offer guidance in adapting and applying skills for new or job-specific situations.
See also our Public Workshop Schedule below.
"The course was terrific, it gave me an opportunity to discover my strengths. It gives me more confidence in myself and I feel much more safer."
Personal safety skills prepare teens and pre-teens to navigate their world with safety and confidence. Because of their increasing independence, teens and preteens face an especially high risk of violence and assault that can often be prevented through awareness, action, and skills.
Teens practice a broad spectrum of People Safety skills including:
Our goal in teaching physical self-defense is to equip young people with skills to escape from emergencies if they are in danger and cannot just leave. In our Full Force workshops, students practice physical self-defense skills with a head-to-toe padded instructor.
How do we teach these skills?
Teenpower workshops have been taught in a wide variety of settings ranging from 2 hour one-time programmes to school assemblies to longer-term programmes for physical education classes or youth group.
In this upbeat, five-hour programme, students learn and practice skills for dealing with verbal attack, peer pressure, and harassment as well as assaults from strangers and acquaintance. Students also practice Full Force self-defense with the head-to-toe padded instructor.
This engaging, active programme gives teens the opportunity to learn and practice using boundary-setting, advocacy, awareness, and de-escalation skills that can prevent and stop most violence and abuse. Most often, these workshops are offered through youth groups and high schools. No physical self-defense is included in this workshop unless otherwise specified.
See also our Public Workshop Schedule below.
Fullpower personal safety training gives adults practice in dealing effectively with both difficult and dangerous people. Practicing the words to say and the actions to take in the moment can prevent and stop problems with people who don’t respect boundaries. Learning self-defense prepares adults to protect themselves from an attacker.
Women and men in our Fullpower workshops practice “People Safety” skills to deal with common safety situations in a straightforward, practical way at home, on travel, at work, and in their communities.
What skills do adults learn?
How do we practice the skills?
Kidpower International's web site offers several free articles and resources for adults, i.e.
Fullpower workshops have been taught in a wide variety of settings ranging from 2 hour one-time programmes to longer-term programmes for groups. Below are our most common workshops.
Introductory Fullpower Full Force students practice taking powerful and effective action in the face verbal or physical attacks. Each student gets tailored, one-on-one Full Force physical self-defense skills coaching and practice with a padded instructor.
Fullpower Advanced workshops give students more in-depth practice of self-defense on the ground, against weapons, and against multiple attackers.
Workpower offers a positive, practical approach to preventing assault and harassment in the workplace. We tailor our sessions to the unique needs and structure of your own workplace, and we present skills that support risk management and team building.
Positive and empowering decisions become a natural response to challenges in potentially dangerous situations and many other challenges in daily life through verbal and physical strategies.
‘Everyday People Safety’ skills include;
See also our Public Workshop Schedule below.
In line with our aim to equip everyone with our tools and expertise, Kidpower has developed a specific resource for Preschools:
Learn a system to build consistent, common language and common strategies for conflict resolution and boundary setting for the children in your Childhood Centre. This resource provides a set of visual tools and interactive exercises that leaders, teachers and caregivers can use to teach social skills that are proven to build personal safety, resilience and social interactions throughout life.
We offer a combination of:
• Professional Development for Teachers/Cargivers
• Children/Tamariki workshop
• Parent/Whanau education
The resource consists of a 30+ page book containing Art Activities, Role-Plays, Songs and other fun stuff to do, with comprehensive descriptions to make life easier for the caregiver/ teacher, while the Tamariki learn valuable life skills.
" Kidpower embraces all aspects of a child’s learning environment while providing them with essential tools to keep them both emotionally and physically safe. "
Kidpower and Teenpower provide a safe and effective learning experience for children to take positive and effective action to avoid or stop abuse and violence.
We aim to build rapport with your school, children/tamariki, parents/whanau and community on an on-going basis to make safety and communication a priority.
" This is meeting a very real need in our school at the moment and we were appreciative of the message given which supports out anti-bullying programme. "
" Kidpower provides simple and attainable ideas for children who are dealing with bullying and emotional or physical abuse. Kidpower also provides children with ideas and tools which empower them as individual and give them self-belief and self-esteem. It enables children to establish a strong identity of who they are and where they come from while keeping safe both emotionally and physically. "
" I highly recommend its professional approach. "
Recent recommendation letters:
NZ Police Endorsement:
"Police has spent considerable time investigating and evaluating the services provided by Kidpower NZ. These investigations give confidence that at this time Kidpwoer NZ provides schools with suitable self defence training and can train teachers to operate the 'setting boundaries' role plays. "
Former Head of the NZ Police Youth Education Service (now known as the Police School Community Service)
KIDPOWER ensures that students have the opportunity to integrate essential safety skills through realistic practice with:
So students can:
Many success stories prove the effectiveness of our "hands-on" approach:
A girl who got attacked from behind recalled:
" I automatically did what we practised, and it worked! "
Instilling Confidence and a Healthy Respect for Others
Our sessions are safe, fun, positive, proven, professionally coached and internationally accredited (over two million adults and children have been trained worldwide). Feedback from professionals, parents and children confirm that the courses encourage children to be respectful yet assertive. It helps both the more aggressive children as well as the overly shy children.
Kidpower and Teenpower help schools meet the needs of students within Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, in particular:
It will also help students to develop all five Key Competencies:
Thinking, Using language, Managing self, Relating to others and Participating and contributing.
Follow-up practice materials are available to help teachers integrate KIDPOWER in English, Drama and Social Studies lessons.
Kidpower supports and extend the knowledge, understandings and skills that children gain through "Keeping Ourselves Safe" and "Kia Kaha" plus going one essential step further, giving the answer to "What if nothing works? What if someone wants to hurt me and I cannot get away to get help?"
The NZ Police's School Community Service refers to our services in "Confident Kids".
Participants practise effective skills such as setting boundaries for better relationships, safety plans to prepare for the unexpected, speaking up for oneself and others, and self protection to prevent trouble and to stop assault. The following modules can be run independently or in conjunction with "Keeping Ourselves Safe", "Kia Kaha" or "Confident Kids".
Sessions are tailored to suit each school and each session can vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour, with up to 30 students.
Call us on 03 543 2669 to find out more.
Call Frith on 027 477 6868 to find out more.
People of all ages with disabilities or other special needs are especially vulnerable to facing bullying, abuse, or assault. We’ve been successful in teaching self-protection and personal safety skills to tens of thousands of children, teens, and adults with difficult life challenges such as: developmental delays; difficulty with vision, hearing, or mobility; or personal struggles with domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, or being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
Our workshops are tailored to work with the strengths of every single student. We make adaptations for how different people’s bodies and minds work, focusing on what they can do, rather than what they cannot do. We teach the full spectrum of People Safety skills including:
We work with participants and their supporters to identify their strengths and then to work with those strengths to stay safe. Thousands of students of all cognitive and physical abilities have found our services to be relevant, interesting, and well-suited for their own ways of moving, thinking, perceiving, and communicating.
Our workshops offer a safe and secure environment for “learning by doing” through role-play and positive examples. We focus on what people have the power to do, not on what they can’t do, and we have fun while developing powerful and practical skills. We work with partner orgnisations and schools to find funding so that their students and participants can have the opportunity to learn these skills, and we provide Training of Professionals so that educators, social workers, and other staff can integrate our programme into their curriculum and activities
Our workshops for the general public are appropriate for most students who have difficult life challenges.
We also provide Teenpower and Fullpower workshops for participants and Training of Professionals for staff of homeless shelters, domestic violence prevention programmes, orgnisations helping people who are targets of prejudice, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, and orgnisations supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Tailored workshops are available on demand. Please call us on 0800 KIDPOWER (0800 543 769) to find out how we can make it work for you or the people you care about.
" well constructed, topical, true to life and accessible "
Healthy Relationship is a programme for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. It provides practical tools to build resiliency and to prevent bullying and abuse. We can run sessions with disabled people, professional development for professionals, caregivers and other caring people, and provide interactive resources.
The resources are available online and as hardcopy (1 User's Guide, 3 posters, 3 booklets , and 3 CDs with animated social stories).
For each of us, our belief in our right to be safe and in our ability to protect ourselves is the biggest self-protection tool we have. Belief in one’s power to take charge of one’s safety can be seriously damaged for individuals who are survivors of assault, child abuse, domestic violence or a hate crime or who are struggling with personal issues such as homelessness, poverty, or substance abuse.
Our tailored programmes help people to develop a strong set of safety skills within the context of the effect of past experiences on how to weigh options and make safe choices. Our goal is to provide our participants with tools to make choices and take action that will help them stay physically and emotionally safe while acknowledging and respecting the hard issues they face.
Our workshops for the general public are appropriate for most students who have difficult life challenges. We also provide Teenpower and Fullpower workshops for participants and Training of Professionals for staff of homeless shelters, domestic violence prevention programmes, orgnisations helping people who are targets of prejudice, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, and orgnisations supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
With over 40,000 people served in New Zealand, and millions internationally, we are uniquely positioned to offer expertise and consultation to your business, organisation, group or project.
As well as assisting businesses with internal safety training and programmes, we've developed resources in collaboration with the NZ Police and assisted community groups in developing their own (such as Famalosi Aiga/Pacifika Safety), and provide various services for the NZ government/ Ministry of Justice.
So whether it's to provide you or your staff with our proven training, to assist you in developing your own programmes or resources, or just to talk and get some advice, get in touch with our team today.
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower's aim is to provide everyone with the skills to go through life with confidence and in safety.
So that we can meet this goal, we want to provide others with the tools to pass these skills on, so we've spent years developing resources for various audiences. Please click the links below for more information on a resource.
Digital interactive and cartoon resources for teens and adults with special needs.
A low-cost and user friendly resource that addresses personal safety risks for young people like peer pressure, bystander syndrome etc.
An interactive programme to build resilience, increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for young people in regards to sexual victimisation and offending.
A system to build consistent, common language and common strategies for conflict resolution and boundary setting for the children in your Childhood Centre.
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Kidpower International hosts various resources, such as books, articles, videos, podcasts and more!