Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre_Parent Support Handbook

Teach Children and Youth How to Set Boundaries

• Empower children and youth to trust their ‘gut’ and to be ‘in charge’ of their body.

• All children & youth should know that it is okay to say “No” to unwanted or uncomfortable touch .

• Show children and youth that you respect their boundaries (e.g., respecting your child’s wish

not to receive a big wet kiss from Auntie Fran) and suggest alternative ways to greet family members that doesn’t involve uncomfortable touch.

• Teach children how to set boundaries around unwanted or uncomfortable touch. Emphasizing

the use of a strong assertive voice .

• Let children/youth know that they will never ‘get in trouble’ for setting a boundary.

• Model caring for your own body, and teach children how to care for theirs.

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