Unresolved stories involve a child (similar to the students in age and experience) in a potentially threatening situation.

Stories should:

  • accurately reflect the relevant characteristics and dynamics of child based situations, e.g. bullying, abuse, safe and unsafe situations
  • provide opportunities for students to consider and discuss possible actions the child or young person could take and the implications of those actions.
  • include names different to the names of your students.

If not provided by students, the teacher should indicate responsible actions which could be taken for safety or health and acknowledge the difficulty of carrying out many of these actions.

It is not advisable to devise your own unfinished stories, scenarios or case studies involving topics such as child abuse. Although it is not always possible to know, abusive situations which are similar to those which have been experienced by students should not be used.

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