Sherryll Kraizer, Ph.D.

Dr. Kraizer has a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in youth at risk and is an internationally recognized expert and author in the subject of child well-being including: sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, bullying and interpersonal violence, and child safety.

She is the founder and director of the Coalition for Children, a not-for-profit organization working to increase child safety, prevent child abuse, bullying and interpersonal violence.  She is the author of the Safe Child Program, the Take A Stand Program, the REACH, CHALLENGE and RECOVERY life skills programs, and other curricula used in schools, churches, recreation centers, foster care agencies and homes around the world. She is also the author of  The Safe Child Book and 10 Days to a Bully-Proof Child.

Dr. Kraizer serves as a forensic and expert witness.  She has extensive experience in cases involving child abuse or injury in institutional settings (i.e. schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities and hospitals), failure to supervise, interpersonal violence and bullying, sexual abuse by teachers, clergy or staff members and child-on-child abuse.  She can help you assess standards and practices, policies and procedures, and questions of negligence.  Having worked on the ground floor as the field of child abuse recognition and prevention was developing, Dr. Kraizer has specialized knowledge and experience regarding the standard of care in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Dr. Kraizer is internationally recognized for creating models that maximize community-wide participation in prevention efforts and for her research in program effectiveness, including what methods ensure actual behavioral change associated with reduction of risk.  Her materials are translated and used in over 80 countries around the world.  She has taught and worked with schools, community and child-serving organizations for more than thirty-five years, developing programs that provide effective, affordable life skills education.  Her work is based on the belief that families, schools and communities need to share the job of positively educating and empowering children to speak up for themselves, to respect themselves and others, and to be powerful advocates for a society that recognizes the value of every child.

Believing there is no reason to reinvent the wheel, she is currently working through the Coalition for Children to make all of her programs available free of charge, including permission to modify the programs based on cultural and language needs.  Currently, the following programs are free for use around the world:  the Take A Stand Program, the REACH, the CHALLENGE and RECOVERY  programs.

She has worked internationally, including:

  • 20 year collaboration with Women’s World Summit Foundation, Switzerland, to develop child abuse awareness; translated and published the Safe Child Parent Handbook in 80 languages for distribution worldwide by that organization.
  • Consultant and Expert Adviser
  • Mongolian National University: Youth Bullying and Interpersonal Violence Community Action, an Open Society Forum project
  • Kids Health, The Voice of America’s Children
  • Cayman Islands Government,
  • University of Edinburgh, Department of Social Policy and Social Work,
  • Northwest Indian Child Welfare Association, Inc.,
  • First Steps: The Office of Child Abuse Prevention, Department of Social Services, Sacramento, California.
  • Eastern Health Board, Dublin, Ireland,
  • Lothian Regional Council, Livingston, Scotland


The Safe Child Program and Take A Stand Program are now translated and available in Mandarin at:

She can be reached at:




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