Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Services
Research shows that one in 10 children will be a victim of sexual abuse by the age of 18. Most often the perpetrator is someone the child knows. It is imperative that schools and youth serving organizations do what they can to protect the children in their care from sexual abuse, and to safeguard their staff and organizations.
The NYSPCC’s Training Institute is committed to supporting youth serving organizations in educating the children they work with, their parents and the organization’s staff on how to prevent child sexual abuse and respond appropriately when it occurs. We also support with the creation, adoption and implementation of best practice child safety policies and procedures.
All of our prevention services can now be accessed virtually!
The NYSPCC can provide youth serving organizations with support and guidance on any child safety issue. Working collaboratively with leadership teams and staff, we provide expert clinical, programmatic, policy and legal consultation to help ensure children are protected and organizations are safeguarded.
Policy and Procedures Review and Audit
Any organization that works with children and youth should develop and adopt best practice policies and procedures addressing the protection and safety of the young people under its care. Minimal legal compliance is not enough to reach current best practice standards. Organizations should strive to establish practices that go beyond compliance to ensure that everything is being done to create a safe and risk-free environment for children and youth. The NYSPCC can assist youth serving organizations by thoroughly reviewing their current child safety policies and practices, assessing where current practices can be strengthened and improved, and making recommendations for bringing the organization up to current best practice standards.
Prevention Education for Faculty and Staff
Our child sexual abuse prevention trainings are designed to give faculty and staff the tools, knowledge, and confidence they need to prevent, identify, and report abuse. Using lecture and group discussion, this interactive, 90-minute training equips participants with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and the children they work with. Participants learn about child sexual abuse myths, facts, and statistics, signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, and normal child sexual development and behavior. Participants are also given the tools to handle a disclosure of abuse, to teach prevention concepts to youth, and to effectively report suspected child abuse or neglect.
Training for Parents and Caregivers
Our parent and caregiver trainings are designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills they need to broach the topic of child sexual abuse with their children in an age appropriate way. Participants learn about child sexual abuse myths, facts, and statistics, grooming and power dynamics, and child sexual development. Participants are also given the tools to support their child to learn about body safety, how and when to talk to their children about sexual abuse, and how to effectively respond if their child discloses abuse.
Workshops for Youth
Our comprehensive Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Curricula for students in grades K-12, including our evidence-based Safe Touches program, are designed to provide youth with developmentally appropriate strategies to help keep them safe. With different curricula for students in grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 9-12, these workshops ensure that all children are fully-equipped with information and tools they can use to protect themselves and know what to do if they, or someone they know, is sexually abused.Learn More about Safe Touches
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