A BENDIGO mother has decided to take matters into her own hands, hosting a child safety skills workshop on Saturday.
Leah Rinaldi, a creator of the Bendigo Parents and Step Parents Facebook page, decided to hold a stranger danger workshop after reports of a male driver trying to pick up children near a school last month.
Mrs Rinaldi said many parents had voiced concerns about the issue.
“If it was my child and I heard her school had someone like that, I would want to know what was happening about it,” she said.
Mrs Rinaldi, a mother and a stepmother, is an experienced martial arts instructor.
She said the workshop aimed to inform school-aged children.
“There are many simple yet effective things a child can do if approached, and worst-case scenario, to give themselves the best chance to avoid being abducted,” Mrs Rinaldi said.
“I have been training for a long time. I have learned a lot over the years and just the simplest little thing a child can do can save themselves.
“It is about giving them the skills and confidence to keep safe.”
Mrs Rinaldi said about 70 people had registered for the workshop.
She said anyone interested in attending could visit the Bendigo Parents and Step Parents Facebook page and join the group.
“It is a members-only event but people need to just click join on Facebook and register.
“I need to know how many people are attending for safety reasons.”
Mrs Rinaldi said there was a fee of $2 per child to help cover the venue hire.
She said any additional funds raised would be donated to the Bendigo Hospital paediatric unit.