The overall approach to Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is ecological. The program provides materials to engage parents and caregivers, teachers and school administrators, and community stakeholders in an effort to prevent child abuse. In addition to increasing knowledge of abusive behaviors and resistance skill building, there is a focus on creating a responsive safety network with peers, teachers, parents/caregivers, and other adults that the child identifies as safe. Children are provided with take-away items that are used to engage their parents or caretakers and reinforce important concepts including the five safety rules. Knowledge building information and reinforcing activities are available to parents and teachers online.
The program also promotes the development of working alliances with the broader community including law enforcement, child welfare, and child advocacy groups. Auxiliary information encourages community capacity building around the issue of child abuse prevention. Delivery is enhanced through practical guidance for facilitators and encouragement to participate in online training and communities of practice. Sensitivity and best practices in handling children's disclosures of abuse are also addressed for facilitators, parents, and teachers.
Clear evaluation standards are incorporated into the program design to provide further reinforcement of the program goal and a formal mechanism of feedback to inform program revisions and additions, and to build the program's evidence-based approach.