Learning about ethics and empathy in childhood leads to better decisions and positive life outcomes, according to international research.
An innovative Constable Care Foundation and Primary Ethics schools program commenced in 2022 teaching ethical reasoning and critical thinking skills to children in twelve WA primary schools.
Trained volunteers use curriculum materials developed by our non-profit partner Primary Ethics to lead weekly discussion groups where Year 5 students explore ethical dilemmas and discuss their ideas on what is the right thing to do in different situations.
The program is expected to increase the participants’ social and communication skills, ethical reasoning and critical thinking abilities, and improve literacy levels.
Research indicates that developing these skills will help young people make better decisions when faced with risk or important life decisions and potentially reduce involvement with the criminal justice system.
The 12-month program is being evaluated with the aim of creating a sustainable, ongoing ethics program for primary schools across Western Australia.
To find out what’s involved in becoming an ethics program facilitator, click on the ‘Volunteer Now’ button below. Then read the expected commitment and if it sounds like you, complete the expression of interest form and we’ll be in touch!
To enquire about the program please contact our School Ethics Pilot Coordinator.