Safe Child Prevention of Child Abuse


The Safe Child Program

The Safe Child Program is a comprehensive curriculum which teaches prevention of sexual, emotional and physical abuse by people known to the child; prevention of abuse and abduction by strangers; and safety in self-care. Presented in a preschool through third grade series, it teaches a broad base of life skills. In nearly a decade of evaluation, the Safe child Program has clearly demonstrated that it reduces children’s risk of abuse and enhances their personal safety and competence.

The Safe Child Program is available in CD/DVD only.  The cost is $95 for the Preschool / Parent / Teacher Program.  The cost is $395 for the Preschool through Grade 3 / Parent / Teacher Program.

Both packages include all DVDs, Lesson Plans and Parent materials.  The Parent materials are provided in English, Spanish, French and Creole.

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The SAFE CHILD Program
  • Is positive, non-explicit and non-threatening
  • Teaches skills which reduce children’s vulnerability
  • Raises self-esteem and improves self-reliance
  • Is multi-racial and multi-cultural


The SAFE CHILD Program incorporates:

  • Teacher training to ensure consistent presentation of the Program
  • Parental education to enhance understanding and reinforce Program goals
  • Videotapes to guarantee the accurate introduction of the concepts to the children
  • Classroom role-playing to develop individual mastery of safety skills


The SAFE CHILD Program Concept:

Parents, schools and organizations can use all the technology at their disposal, but experience tells us that we are almost always surprised to discover perpetrators in our midst. In addition, a substantial percentage of child abuse happens at the hands of parents. We cannot expect these children to receive adequate prevention messages at home.

It is important that prevention education be accomplished without diminishing children’s’ sense of well-being and trust in their everyday lives.

VIDEO: Safe Child Program Uses Role-Play to Teach Skills

The Safe Child Program accomplishes this by teaching skills which are applicable in everyday life. Children are not told what child abuse is or that it might happen with someone they love and trust. Rather, they are given opportunities to practice acting effectively on their own behalf in situations which are known to precede abuse.

VIDEO: Your Body Belongs to You Prevention Strategy

Although we work to protect children, there are times when children can and must be responsible for their own well-being — particularly if they are alone with a potential abuser. The best overall defense children have against abuse is:

  • Permission to speak up on their own behalf,
  • The ability to accurately assess and handle a variety of situations,
  • Knowing where and how to get help,
  • Knowing they will be believed.

VIDEO: The I’m Going to Tell Strategy

Children have a right to be safe without being afraid and children who have been taught to think for themselves are the safest children of all.

What We Know

The past two decades of research has provided a clear road map for those seeking to make decisions about prevention programming.

It is now evident that “one-shot” efforts including plays, assemblies, books, videotapes, games and comic books alone are not adequate to provide real skill-building for children (Gentles and Cassidy, Fryer).

Developmental and age-appropriate materials are essential (Daro, Garbarino, Sanford, Saslowsky and Wurtele).

It is compellingly obvious that programming which begins at second or third grade is already too late as about half of child abuse begins prior to that age (National Incidence Study).

Preschool appears to be the “most teachable moment” for prevention instruction to begin (Kraizer).

Prevention education should be experientially-based. Children may learn concepts by watching, listening and discussion, but skills can only be learned by doing, by giving children an opportunity to rehearse prevention strategies (Daro, Fryer, Kraizer).

It is not necessary for programming to be explicit in order to be effective; fear and anxiety levels are lower in programs that teach prevention without talking directly about abusive situations (Fryer, Kraizer).

The opportunity to apply concepts and turn them into skills through role-play has been shown to be at the heart of empowering children to prevent abuse (Fryer, Kraizer).

A Unique Approach to Prevention

The Safe Child Program contains all the key components that have been identified as essential to a comprehensive prevention of child abuse program, including:

  • Teacher training to ensure consistent presentation of the Program;
  • Parental involvement to enhance understanding and support of Program goals;
  • Multi-racial and multi-cultural (parent and child materials are available in English, Spanish, Creole and French);
  • Positive, non-explicit approach which respects the needs of children and families;
  • Program initiation at the preschool level with annual, age-appropriate development of the concepts and skills;
  • Multi-session instruction, five to ten sessions each year of the program;
  • Videotapes to guarantee the accurate introduction and modeling of the concepts to the children;
  • Well scripted classroom role-playing to develop individual mastery of safety skills;
  • Emphasis on life skills which have been shown to enable children to utilize prevention skills.


Research on Safe Child Program Effectiveness

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Author Dr. Sherryll Kraizer has a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in youth at risk.