Child carers ban book
Daryl Passmore, news.com.au, April 01, 2007
Australia's largest childcare chain has banned a frank new children's storybook that talks about genitalia. Everyone's Got A Bottom, to be launched by Family Planning Queensland on Tuesday, is aimed at children as young as two.
Family Planning says the picture book is a ground-breaking initiative that will help protect youngsters against sexual abuse.
It has the backing of C&K (formerly the Creche and Kindergarten Association) and child protection group Brave-hearts.
But ABC Learning Centres has refused to use the new book in more than a thousand centres throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The picture book will also be promoted to all state primary schools and public libraries across Queensland.
"It's a real landmark," said Family Planning research and development officer Holly Brennan, who had the idea for the book.
Ms Brennan said she knew that some parents would find the book's contents confronting.
Research since the 1970s had shown that talking openly and plainly and referring to body parts by their correct anatomical names was important in giving children the ability and confidence to disclose if anything was happening to them.
A spokesman for ABC Learning Centres, which operates more than 300 childcare sites around Queensland, said it had been approached to use the new book in its centres but declined because it did not think it appropriate to do so.
Australian Family Association Queensland secretary Angelique Barr said she felt the book went too far.