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Having conversations

Having conversations

A toolkit to help adults have preventative conversations about child sexual abuse with children and young people, other adults and organisations.

You might not be an expert in the topic but no one knows the kids in your life better than you do. You are the right person to have conversations with children and young people you know about child sexual abuse.

It’s also important to talk to other adults around you. These conversations might feel uncomfortable at first, but they are important. Every conversation helps prevent child sexual abuse.

This ‘conversation toolkit’ is designed to help adults start having preventative conversations about child sexual abuse with children and young people, other adults, and with organisations.

Getting ready to have conversations

Learn about the issue

Key information about child sexual abuse, such as who experiences it and where it can occur, to help you understand your role in protecting children and young people and dispel myths and misconceptions.

Looking after your wellbeing

Tips to help you feel comfortable and ready to have conversations about this topic.

Having conversations with

Children and young people

Topics and conversation starters to help you talk to preschool-age children, primary school-age children, and teenagers.

Other adults

Ways you can have conversations with other adults in a child or young person’s life, including co-parents and co-carers, relatives and family friends.


Questions and topics you can raise with people providing services to or working with children and young people, including educators, tutors and coaches.


If you or a child are in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).

Information on reporting child safety concerns can be found on our Make a report page.

Get support

The information on this website may bring up strong feelings and questions for many people. There are many services available to assist you. A detailed list of support services is available on our Get support page.