- April 2019
- Vol. 20, No. 3
Speak Up Be Safe Prevention Education Curriculum
Childhelp's Speak Up Be Safe is a research- and evidence-based curriculum that aims to teach children and teens from prekindergarten through grade 12 about the how to prevent or interrupt cycles of child abuse and neglect and bullying. The program also encourages engagement from parents and other caregivers, teachers, school administrators, and community stakeholders.
As a school-based program, Speak Up Be Safe uses trained and certified facilitators to deliver age-appropriate lessons twice a year via a virtual campus. It also provides online facilitator training modules; teacher reinforcement activities; and resources for parents, teachers, school administrators, and community members to help implement the curriculum in schools.
To help children be confident regarding their safety and the safety of their peers, Speak Up Be Safe provides them with the knowledge and skills they need to approach a safe adult if they should ever be in an unsafe position, resistance strategies that can be used until he or she can get a hold of a safe adult, key safety rules, and how to recognize unsafe situations. Older youth learn about preventive approaches and their increasing responsibility to care for their own safety in settings where they may be at risk for abuse.
To learn more about Speak Up Be Safe, go to https://www.childhelp.org/subs/childhelp-speak-up-be-safe/.
How You Can Help Someone Who Is Being Abused or Neglected is a tip sheet available through Child Welfare Information Gateway that teaches children and youth about the signs of abuse and neglect and what to do if they or someone they know is not safe.