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Only For Me

Only For Me

Michelle Derrig is the Author of the highly successful protective behaviours picture book ‘Only For Me’ and is a stay-at-home Mum to four children aged from 3 to 13.

Her book, Only For Me is a very gentle rhyming book which teaches young children that their body is private and that they have a right to protect their privacy. Since its release in July 2016, 3,500 copies have been sold across the globe to critical acclaim by parents, educators, teachers and child protection organisations.

Only For Me has been endorsed by Act For Kids, is a resource of the Sydney Children's Hospital's Child Protection Unit and has been reviewed by Kids Book Review as 'possibly THE BEST BOOK written on the subject'.

Only For Me has also featured prominently in the Australia media with coverage by Kidspot, Essential Kids, Parenting Central, Thriving Children, Hope 103.2, Daily Mail UK and Channel Ten.

Despite these successes, Michelle claims the most significant moments have been when she has heard back from parents who have received a ‘disclosure’ upon reading Only For Me with their children.

Michelle now spends her time raising awareness about child protection issues and the important role that parents play, in empowering and educating their young children about protective behaviours. She frequently presents at schools, day care centres and community groups, educating parents about how to go about having these ‘tricky’ conversations with their young children, without making them anxious or frightened.

As part of her mission, she also donates 100% of her Author Royalties to those organisations involved in preventing abuse and treating victims.

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The WORDS no mother EVER wants to hear!

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The ABC to keeping our kids safe during the COVID lockdown

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Shifting The Power – A Call to Action

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When something just doesn’t feel right!

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Building a Network of Trust

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Introducing Body Safety to Young Children: Part 2

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Introducing Body Safety to Young Children: Part 1

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The Shocking Reality of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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