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SoSAFE! - Concepts and tools that promote social safety

About SoSAFE!

The SoSAFE! Framework is a conceptual and visual tools framework that promotes social safety, social skills and participation designed specifically for the learning and communication needs of people with moderate-severe cognitive disabilities and other neuro-diversity, including people on the autism spectrum. You can find out more about the SoSAFE! Framework, its tools and rationale at Previous participants in SoSAFE! training programs will also find current licensing agreement information on that website. 



Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) has been involved with the SoSAFE! Program for over 20 years. The organisation was involved with its original creators, two experienced specialist inclusion education teachers in ACT Schools, to support a pilot of the original program resources (2000-2004) and then as a training provider for the SoSAFE! User Training course. SHFPACT purchased all global intellectual property rights to the SoSAFE! Framework in 2016, and continues to provide SoSAFE! User Training in the ACT region and beyond. SHFPACT maintains and develops training partnership arrangements for the delivery of SoSAFE!-related training courses and implementation support services. SHFPACT has current SoSAFE! Training Partnership agreements with:

You can find out more about accessing training or becoming a SoSAFE! Training Partner at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Development of the SoSAFE! Framework

The SoSAFE! pilot resources were first published in 2000. A second edition of the SoSAFE! Program was published in 2005. SHFPACT is currently working on the development and release of the 3rd edition of the SoSAFE! Framework.



The SoSAFE! Tools (together with SoSAFE! User Training) provide teachers, trainers and counsellors with skills and simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability. SoSAFE! uses a standardised framework of symbols, visual teaching tools and concepts to teach strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner, and provides visual communication tools for reporting physical or sexual abuse.