"The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children"
Dip(PublicSaf), AdvDip(PublicSaf), BA(Just)
Child Safety Advocate and Trainer
Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness & Pornography Education Specialist
Kayelene Kerr is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Protective Behaviours, Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops.
Kayelene is passionate about the prevention of child abuse and sexual exploitation, drawing on over 23 years’ experience of study and law enforcement, investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes. Kayelene delivers engaging and sought after prevention education workshops to educate, equip and empower children and young people, and to help support parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and she aims to inspire the trusted adults in children’s lives to tackle sometimes challenging topics.
Kayelene’s experience and respect in this field was recognised when she was selected to judge the 2019 Western Australian Cyber Security Awards. Kayelene is also one of the Telethon Kids Institute’s trusted Expert Cyber Educators and is a member of their Educators Reference Group.
Kayelene is a dynamic, engaging, energetic and entertaining presenter and has travelled extensively throughout Western Australia as a sought after key note speaker and workshop facilitator. Kayelene has presented as a key note speaker at Education, Child Protection, Law Enforcement and Health conferences. In Western Australia, Kayelene has presented at Curtin University, the WA Police Academy, WA Police Sex Crime Division, WA Department of Justice, WA Department of Education, WA Department for Child Protection, WA Child and Adolescent Health Service, Sexual Assault Resource Centre, WA Water Corporation, Western Power and many primary and secondary schools, non-government departments and service providers across Western Australia.
“It takes a village to raise a child”
Several years ago, Kayelene observed an increase in: children being exposed to and viewing pornography; children displaying harmful sexual behaviours; violence and sexual violence (including non-fatal strangulation); online child sexual abuse and exploitation; image based abuse.
The ubiquity of the internet and portable electronic devices transformed the way pornography was accessed and how pornography accesses children. Whilst pornography is not new, the nature and accessibility of pornography has changed considerably. The way we approach the issue, therefore, needs to be different. In the absence of adequate education in the home, school and wider community, pornography was the primary, and in many cases, the only education children and young people received about human relationships and sexuality.
To address the harmful effects of pornography on children, young people, families and the wider community, Kayelene has worked tirelessly since 2015, committing herself to developing and delivering workshops to primary and secondary students, parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Children are growing up in a world where it’s impossible to avoid sexualised media and pornography. Parents, carers, educators and other professionals often struggle with or don’t know how to much needed conversations. To address this Kayelene developed practical, strategy rich workshops to educate, equip, empower, inspire and support those that live and work with children and young people.
Kayelene works tirelessly in Western Australia to consult relevant stakeholders and identify gaps in the provision of services currently available, striving for a collaborative and coordinated response across all sectors involved in protecting children from harm. Kayelene provided a submission to The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs inquiry into age verification for online wagering and online pornography and was cited in the final report to the Australian Parliament.
In collaboration with the Valuing Children Initiative in 2020, Kayelene was the key note speaker at a round table in Perth, Western Australia, Reducing The Harm: Let’s Talk About Children and Pornography. This is an ongoing, action focused initiative to mobilise responses to reduce the harmful effects of pornography on children and young people.
Kayelene was invited to sit on the expert panel at the 2020 state launch of the report 'Spotlight on Sexual Violence in Western Australia'.