The Child Center Inc. offers prevention education programs for children, parents, and professionals in the community. The school programs are created for children beginning Pre-K through Middle School, and include topics such as Body Safety, Internet Safety/Online Enticement, and Sexual Harassment. The primary focus of our programs are to educate children about appropriate boundaries and empower victims to disclose abuse to safe and trusted adults.
In addition to educating children we also feel it is important to educate the adults in their life. We want to improve adults’ responses to these disclosures so that children can receive early intervention and protection. We offer Mandated Reporter Training for professionals who work with children and Parent Education Seminars that are tailored to meet the specific needs and concerns of parents, caretakers, and guardians.
The Body Safety Program is created for early childhood through fourth-grade students. The program is age appropriate to educate children on body ownership, boundaries, and what they can do if someone breaks their body-safety rule. The Body Safety Program encourages children to talk to a trusted adult when they need help.
- Learn The Body Safety Rule.
- Identify The Body Safety Steps.
The evidence-based program is developed from Sandy Wurtele’s Body Safety Training, with best practices recognized by experts in the field of child sexual abuse.
In the Classroom
The Body Safety Program is age appropriate to educate children on body ownership, boundaries, and what they can do if someone breaks their body safety rule. The Body Safety Program encourages children to talk to a trusted adult when they need help.
The Body Safety Rule is introduced like any other safety rule. This rule gives a child ownership of their body. Only Exception: Unless my private body parts are hurt or I need help.
The Body Safety Steps are taught to help a child take action to protect themselves in unsafe situations or events.
- Practice saying “NO” in a strong voice!
- Let's talk about a place we feel safe...
- Who is a trusted adult you feel safe to tell?
Books for Children:
Some Parts are Not for Sharing
Julie K. Federico (For ages 6 months+)
My Body Belongs to Me
Jill Starishevsky (For ages 3-8)
Books for Adults:
Off Limits: A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
By Sandy K. Wurtele
Body Safety Education: A parents' guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse
By Ms Jayneen Sanders
The Sex-wise Parent: The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying
By Janet Rosenzweig
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Prevention Tips for Parents
- No one should look or touch your private body parts unless they are asking that adult for HELP.
- Knowing correct names for private body parts gives children the language to tell.
- It’s ok to say “NO” to anyone if they are making them feel uncomfortable, or unsafe.
- Be involved. Ask questions when your child is with someone else; family, friends, school.
- A “NO SECRETS” rule consistently with your child and anyone who cares for your child.
- Talk to your child every day and take time to really listen and observe.