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    I had them on Sydney growing up!

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    I actually just seen one the other day!!

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    We had them in SA too - I used one once. I guess also it was before mobile phone times - as I think we were taught it was basically a safe place to go to call your parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttoneska View Post
    we had them in VIC growing up - I assumed they were phased out because it pretty obsurd concept that you could screw a little sign to your letterbox and be safe.

    What happened if the approved ppl moved out the house?

    I think it was a pretty well intented idea that was stupid and dangerous in reality.
    If they moved out, then the signs were to be removed and handed back. In my brief stint on a committee, I discovered that the area coordinator had to do monthly visits to each safety house in the area to ensure everything was still okay.

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    My nan and pop are still a safety house (Sydney). Growing up, no one ever used it and although taught the safety house program, no one I know ever used one.

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    In SA, every public bus has the logo on it. The street signs still exist, but I've never looked if there's a sign on the letter boxes or not.

    But no kids I know have been taught what it's about.

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    My childhood home was a 'Safety House' and every month or so someone would come out to our house to speak with Mum and Dad and see that the same people were still living in our home, and that things were still kosher etc. The process to become one was way more in depth etc then the current Police checks for child safety cards etc and I remember the intensive and invasive questioning and checks my parents (understandably so) had to have to become one.

    I seriously didn't think that concept was around anymore, and am surprised to hear it still exists as I haven't sighted one since I was a teenager and that's a while ago!

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    Wow! We were only talking about this the other day and wondering if safety houses still existed. My parents used to do the safety house thing when I was in primary school. Never had a child come through though. I remember being taught about it at school and we would have yellow dress days and Ima (the smiley house) would come visit.

    I can imagine the safety checks on families got more involved as time went on and the requirements of a safety house. Mum had to stop doing it as they put a big fence up and you could no longer see the house from the road (was a requirement then).


 

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