Personal Safety Education

Arpan’s flagship programme

Personal Safety Education Programme

The Personal Safety Education (PSE) Programme is Arpan’s flagship programme, which comprises 85% of Arpan’s work. Personal Safety Education Programme is a comprehensive model to empower children to prevent the risk of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and seek support in case of violation. This life skill education module developed by Arpan is conducted in schools, communities, institutions with both boys and girls from Grade I – Grade X to provide them with knowledge and skills to prevent instances of CSA as well as to seek support when such an incident occurs. It aims to reduce the risk factors that are likely to increase the chances of sexual abuse both online and offline by strengthening the protective factors. It is built on the core life skills of decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, interpersonal relationship, self-awareness, gender awareness, resilience, empathy building and de-stigmatization. It supports children with counselling post disclosure and also works with children and adolescents who violate other children’s personal boundaries. The programme also works with adult caregivers, for example, parents, teachers and service staff so that they can create a safe environment for children and respond effectively in case of violations.

The Personal Safety Education program is implemented in schools over the course of 2-3 weeks and involves the following steps

Our Impact

Arpan has worked with over 1,53,000 children and adults in more than 150 schools. We have conducted External and Internal evaluations of the Programme to map both short-term and long-term outcomes.

Short-term outcomes :

  • In the last 10 years,
  • 5% children have disclosed sexual abuse, most of them for the first time, and received support.
  • Through Arpan’s intervention, the ongoing abuse have stopped and communication channels opened up between children and parents.
  • Children have become advocates for teaching personal safety to other children.

Long-term outcomes :

  • External evaluation by Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) conducted in 2014 with 620 students across Grades 1-7 in seven schools where Arpan has conducted its PSE program revealed:
  • 100% children talked about the programme after attending it. Among this, 75% spoke to their mothers about this.
  • 100% children said they would want to attend the programme again.
  • 8% children reported experiencing an unsafe situation, of which 90% were able to seek immediate help.
  • Integration of Personal Safety Education Program in Schools- A Case Study in 2017 revealed that 9 children out of 31 children with whom the individual interviews were conducted disclosed about unsafe experiences. All of them were able to be assertive, evolve a plan of action to ‘Get Away’ from the situation and sought help from their trusted adults.

These outcomes indicate that the Personal Safety Education programme plays a key role in prevention and risk reduction of Child Sexual Abuse.

If you want us to conduct Personal Safety Education programme in your school, institution  or community, you can write to us at communications@arpan.org.in or call us on +91 98190 51444