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Create a Strategy for Adults and Students

Working together as a community, we can protect children and keep them safe from abuse. The Second Step Child Protection Unit for Early Learning–Grade 5 provides a multi-layered approach to child safety.

By creating a child protection strategy and educating adults throughout the school, you can be prepared to recognize, respond to, and report abuse. And the lessons in the Child Protection Unit help students recognize, report, and refuse unsafe situations.

Who Is the Child Protection Unit For?

We developed the Child Protection Unit to help protect children from all walks of life, all over the world. It includes training, guidance, and resources for administrators, teachers, counselors, and families. Student lessons are age-appropriate and designed for Early Learning–Grade 5 classrooms.

Why Choose the Second Step Child Protection Unit?

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Easy to Use

Clear, rules-based, scripted lessons make it easy to teach children personal safety skills. Jump to lesson samples.

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Includes Family Materials

Lessons extend beyond the classroom with materials and videos that help parents discuss personal safety with their children. Jump to family materials.

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Provides Staff Training

The Child Protection Unit takes an integrated approach to child safety by providing training for every staff member and adult in your building. Jump to staff training.

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Meets Erin’s Law Recommendations

The Child Protection Unit meets Erin’s Law recommendations through age-appropriate instruction, educating both adults and children about how to report abuse. Visit Erin’s Law website.

“I think it's important for children to learn personal safety skills at school. Unfortunately, a lot of us do not teach that to our children at home. So it's very important as they grow up to know who to touch, who not to touch, who to talk to, who not to talk to. Schools and families can work together.”
Marie J. Johnson, grandparent of kindergarten student, Marcus Garvey Elementary School, Chicago, IL


Lesson Samples

You’ll get a complete child safety program with the Second Step Child Protection Unit. Staff training, student lessons, and family materials help you build an informed community working to prevent abuse.

Sample Materials from Grade 5, Lesson 3: Unsafe and Unwanted Touches
Sample Materials from Grade 2, Lesson 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches
Sample Materials from Early Learning, Weekly Theme 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches
CPU Scope and Sequence

Scope & Sequence

A complete list of lessons and learning objectives for the Child Protection Unit, Early Learning–Grade 5.

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Staff Training

The Child Protection Unit truly starts with training for all staff, with the following online training modules.

View a sample from Module 2

The Child Protection Unit features training modules to help staff develop ways to effectively identify and deal with bullying throughout the school. Staff education is easy to implement and will help make a difference in students' lives.

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Module 1

Policies and Procedures (75–90 minutes)
Administrators create or revise their child protection strategy, then create customized policies and procedures to help reduce risk of staff misconduct.

Module 2

All Staff Training (75–90 minutes)
Through realistic scenarios, all staff learn to recognize indicators of abuse and neglect, respond supportively to children who experience abuse, and report abuse.

Module 3

Teach the Lessons (45–60 minutes)
Teachers and counselors learn to teach the lessons, engage families using the materials provided, and overcome discomfort with talking to students about touching safety.

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Family Resources

Family Resources Overview

Family Resources Overview

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As you begin the Child Protection Unit, it's important to keep families informed and educated. With Family Letters, parents and caregivers are notified about the sensitive subject matter being taught and advised about adults' role in child protection.

In addition, we’ve prepared videos and articles with facts about child sexual abuse and tips for talking to kids about it. Take-Home Activities further reinforce skills and encourage family discussions.
Watch the Family Resources Overview Video.

Keeping Kids Safe

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Committee for Children has created a special website devoted to child protection.

Visit our Early, Open, Often website in English or Spanish to get the facts about child sexual abuse, learn tips for talking with kids, find resources for responding to and reporting abuse, and explore our prevention toolkit.
Visit Early, Open, Often or Esapñol: Abierto y a menudo.

Child Protection Unit Consultants and Advisors

David Finkelhor, PhD | Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center

Keith Kaufman, PhD | Professor, Department of Psychology, Portland State University

Anthony Rizzuto, PhD | Child Abuse Prevention Consultant

Charol Shakeshaft, PhD | Professor, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

DeAnn Yamamoto | Deputy Executive Director, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

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