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.
- 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: email@example.com
- 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)
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