Updates from the Research and Advocacy team

December 2020

Jun and the Octopus Makes Award Shortlist

The Society’s children’s book on body safety, ‘Jun and the Octopus’, has made it to another prestigious shortlist – the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award. The book, authored by Mr Goh Eck Kheng and illustrated by Ms Lim An-ling, was selected from a record 87 submissions this year.

It was one of six titles to make the shortlist. The eventual winner, announced during a virtual edition of the annual Asian Festival of Children’s Content, organised by the Singapore Book Council on 4 October 2020, was ‘Kelly and the Krumps’. The winning book was written by Ken Kwek and illustrated by Lolita Chiong. Congratulations both!

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award is given biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident. It aims to encourage the quality and quantity of local books written for children, and promote the publication of books set in a familiar and relevant context.

While we did not win, making the shortlist has introduced even more people to the book and the importance of teaching children about body safety and sexual abuse prevention.

‘Jun and the Octopus’ also made it to the shortlist of the Singapore Book Awards 2020 (Children’s Book Category).

The book is available at the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop and in the online stores of Books Kinokuniya, Woods in the Books, and Closetful of Books. You can also contact us at if you wish to purchase the book directly from us.

Safe Simon Keeps You Out Of Harm’s Way

The world changed dramatically for many of us this year. The way we live, learn, work, and play is now different. However, one thing has remained constant – our right to feel safe at all times. 

Children, too, have the right to always feel safe, and to recognise when their body safety is threatened.

We have produced a video to introduce children to Safe Simon, who teaches children to identify the physical warning signs and to listen to them. Do share this video with your child or the community, and encourage them to heed Safe Simon’s advice so they can grow up safe and happy.

The video can also be found on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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