Second Step® Child Protection Unit for Early Learning–Grade 5
Working together to keep kids safe from abuse
Keeping children safe is a role many adults share. The research-based Child Protection Unit gives teachers the tools to recognize and respond to abuse and the confidence to comfortably teach students about this sensitive subject. The Child Protection Unit for Early Learning–Grade 5 includes age-appropriate lessons on safety, not keeping secrets, and touching.
Although talking to kids about sexual abuse is one of the best ways to prevent it, parents may not know how to begin the conversation or what to say. That’s why we created videos and articles with facts about child sexual abuse and tips for getting the conversation started. And the best part is they’re free to everyone:
For families with students being taught the Child Protection Unit lessons, family letters help explain the program and adults’ role in child protection. Take-home activities further reinforce skills and encourage family discussions.
The Child Protection Unit truly starts with training for all staff, with the following online training modules.
Early learning and elementary versions of Modules 2 and 3 are available to meet the needs of those distinct settings.
Policies and Procedures (75–90 minutes)
Assessing current child protection policies, procedures, and practices
Tools to make a difference, for the people who can
Taking a holistic approach to child safety, the unit provides materials and three modules of online training for administrators and all staff members.
Easy-to-follow, scripted lessons teach children personal safety skills using clear, rules-based, and age-appropriate instruction, giving kids the know-how and avenues to disclose abuse.
The Child Protection Unit extends support to a student’s home, with materials that keep parents informed and videos that help them talk with their kids about personal safety.
We’re 35-year veterans in the field of child abuse prevention, and we’ve partnered with leading experts in the field. We’ve also taken our research and we’ve learned about best practices from our Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum and applied the best of it to the development of the Child Protection Unit.