There are many advantages to actively involving teachers, school staff, and administrators in child abuse prevention efforts. The majority of child abuse prevention programs are delivered in school settings, affording the ability to reach large groups of children in a non-threatening environment.
Teachers and school staff can create a school-wide child abuse safety zone by being informed about the signs and symptoms of abuse, risk and protective factors, and the impact of child abuse and neglect. All Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe curricula are tailored to the developmental characteristics of the child. Program delivery includes classroom posters and take-home materials to reinforce the safety rules with the children and engage parents and caregivers.
This program provides a variety of resources to teachers, school staff and administrators such strategies to engage parents and caretakers in program activities. The program also includes community resources template to facilitate useful referrals, guidance on building effective alliances with CPS and law enforcement, mandatory reporting guidelines, as well as information on the alignment of program content with state curriculum standards. Teachers and school staff are often the ones that children choose to disclose abuse to and therefore teachers and school staff must be prepared to manage the disclosure appropriately to minimize harm while ensuring protocol is followed.