the social hub for children aged 8-12

Junior Headquarters (Junior HQ) is the hub in which Junior Detectives aged 8 to 12 years come together as a team to build skills to help them feel calmer and happier, and to crack the codes of social encounters. Social Detectives believes that if children are given the opportunity to build these skills in a structured, fun and engaging manner, they will then be able to reach their full potential in the real world. Social Detectives uses the Secret Agent Society Small Group Program (SAS) to teach these skills because of it's fun, structured, team approach to learning that encourages skills to be generalised across all settings. As a result, our detectives feel happier, more confident and more resilient!








Social Detectives - Junior HQ recruits children, aged 8-12 years, that have a unique set of skills required to be Junior Detectives in the Secret Agent Society (SAS) small group program. The SAS program was developed by the Social Skills Training Institute and it is an evidence-based, breakthrough social skills program that helps Junior Detectives improve their social and emotional skills by learning how to crack the code of emotions and friendships. The program consists of small group child sessions, parent and teacher information sessions and resources, real-life practice missions and a behavioural system that monitors and rewards skill development at home and at school (Social Skills Training Institute, 2014). SAS was awarded the Autism Spectrum Australia National Recognition Award for the significant and positive impact the program has on the lives of children and families (Social Skills Training Institute, 2014).
















SAS teaches children how to:

  • Recognise simple and complex emotions in themselves and others

  • Express their feelings in appropriate ways

  • Cope with feelings of anger and anxiety

  • Communicate and play with others

  • Understanding levels of friendship

  • Cope with team work, games and ‘losing’

  • Cope with mistakes and transitions

  • Build and maintain friendships

  • Solve social problems

  • Detect the different between accidents, jokes and nasty deeds

  • Detect and understanding bullying

  • Prevent and manage bullying and teasing

  • Acknowledging personal strengths and goals


SAS differs from other social skills programs in the following ways:

  • It teaches children fundamental emotion recognition and emotion regulation skills before teaching them social interaction skills.

  • Includes step-by-step formulae for targeted social skills.

  • Allows for content to be individually tailored to families’ beliefs and cultural values and children’s current skill level.

  • Adopts a hierarchical approach to social skill development.

  • Uses fun, interactive games, activities and visual supports to teach children social and emotional concepts.

  • Features ready-made resources.

  • Designed to maximise children’s application of learned skills to everyday life.

  • The use of a self-regulatory framework for skill development.

  • Adopts a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Scientific evidence-base.

  • Flexible delivery.

Check out the following video to find out more about the program:










SAS features an animated ‘secret agent’ computer game, helpful thought missile action game, challenger board game, secret message transmission device game and many more games as well as award-winning resources and gadgets to assist the cadets in solving real world social challenges. While Junior Detectives are having fun developing ‘secret agent’ skills, they learn how to recognise and manage their own feelings, cope with change, detect other people’s emotions, talk and play with others and deal with bullying. Once all the codes are cracked, detectives graduate from SAS equipped with the skills to feel happier, calmer and braver while making new friends and keeping them.  












The entire program is designed to captivate kids while they learn social skills and emotions in a fun way. According to the Social Skills Training Institute, the evidence-based, structured curriculum and captivating theme make this program one of the most successful of its kind in the world. Parents and school staff are an integral part of the group program and receive resources and support to help their young ‘secret agents’ develop and practise new skills in real-life settings.

For more details on the SAS program go to or download the flyer.

If you are interested in the program, register now.


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Ramsgate, South Sydney, Psychologist, SA
Ramsgate, South Sydney, Psychologist, SA

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