Even previous to the passage of Erin’s Law, school counselors have always been on the front lines in the fight to prevent child abuse. We are now legally required to provide age-appropriate body safety lessons at all grade levels, as well as training all staff to recognize and prevent child abuse.
- There are many books and programs available to help educate our students about sexual abuse.
- In cases where sexual abuse is suspected, it is critical that the child speak to someone trained in forensic interviewing as soon as possible to obtain a solid testimony. When a child makes an allegation, believe them and call the police or CPS right away so they can be referred to the nearest agency equipped to handle these cases.
- From Counselor Talk, September 2018:
- I found the following information after many hours of searching on-line this summer. I have been in contact with the organization and have been very impressed by their programming, the research, and their answers to my questions. Our team of counselors have been looking at this program along with our administrators as a possible curriculum to meet our Indiana requirements.https://safersmarterkids.org/teachers/curriculum/https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/05/03/1496316/0/en/School-Based-Education-Hailed-as-Solution-to-Eradicating-Child-Sexual-Abuse.htmlhttps://laurenskids.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/SSK-Executive-Report.pdfContact: Ms. Maraleen (Fudge) Brown, Executive Director, email@example.comTheir curriculum is presently being utilized in 37 states. They are research-based and evidence-based. Lauren’s Kids Program is also on many accepted state curriculum lists. I have been very impressed with the programming offered for k-12, special needs, and parents. Training is also available for teachers.
- I am looking into the Monique Burrr Foundation for Children and their Body Safety Plus Program…I was told it fit the requirements for “research and evidence-based” instruction. I actually spoke to a woman today about it, and it seems like a really great program. Right now they have lessons for students K-8 with high school lessons coming in 2019. School counselors receive the training online to become a facilitator and then teach the lessons. On top of the body safety and sexual abuse topics, included in the curriculum are topics such as bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse, and digital citizenship
- All Responses from Counselor Talk (for high school programming)
- From Counselor Talk, August 2018:
- We are using the Body Safety Training Workbook program. It is on the approved list for K-2. It is a very basic program. It has a lot of lessons about safety, but I am using only the one focused body safety. The other lessons are on fire safety, gun safety, etc. We might have teachers do some of the other safety lessons during our morning meeting time.It is not a good program. It was written in 1986 and has not been updated. But it only cost $40. We are only grades 2&3 at my school. The K&1 school is also using this program.
- In the Indianapolis area, there is Chaucie’s Place. There is a fee per building of $1000 and the cost of books you will need to provide to students: the K-6 books are $1/student and the 7-12 bks are $1.25/student. For more information, visit www.chauciesplace.org
- Here are some ideas for presenting to elementary students:
- We have a group from our area come in to talk to all of our kids. They have an awesome presentation. We are in southern Indiana, but if you are not you still might contact them to see if they would let you present it?? Libby Stinson is our person. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I like the book, “Your Body Belongs to You” by Cornelia Spelman because it presents this subject in a clear way without making kiddos uncomfortable. You might reach out to local law enforcement. They may have a program ready to go and are often looking for ways to go into schools in a non-threatening way.
- Hands are not for Hitting. This is a great book that describes the appropriate things to do with our hands.
- From Counselor Talk, May 2018: The couple responses I received about what curriculum elementary schools are using to meet the requirements for the sexual abuse education law were:
-Second Step child abuse kit which was $200
-Safer smart kids which I do not know the cost of
- Second Step has a safety bundle (elementary school)
- A great program to look into is Kids in the Know. They have a website with information about the program. (elementary school)
- Dunebrook is an organization that presents to all of our elementary schools. The curriculum they received is from Terry Hall, a retired Indiana State police officer. (elementary school)
- It’s Not Your Fault from Kidsrights written by Judy Jance (elementary school)
- What’s Going to Happen by Eunice Hannah. It has 3 scenarios to choose from…neglect, physical and sexual abuse. (elementary school)
- Lauren’s Kids – Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum K-12
- Teen Lures curriculum for Grades 7-12
- Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum Guide (Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs)
- Child Safety Matters – Monique Burr Foundation
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