Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Educators have an important role in stopping and preventing child abuse and neglect

Violence touches everyone; not only homes and families, but also schools, institutions, workplaces and communities.

Children and youth are the most vulnerable to all forms of violence—physical, sexual and emotional.

Child abuse and neglect can have serious, long-lasting negative effects on children’s and youths’ development, including their ability to learn.

Because educators are in a unique position to spot the signs of child abuse and neglect, they play an important role in reporting child abuse and supporting young people.


We owe our children—the most vulnerable citizens in any society—a life free from violence and fear. In order to ensure this, we must be tireless in our efforts...to attain peace, justice and prosperity...for communities and members of the same family. We must address the roots of violence.
Nelson Mandela

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs

RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention offers educational options for a range of ages to help protect children and youth from child abuse and neglect. Adults can learn how to help children and youth, and how to make their school, organization or community a safer environment.

Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that causes injury or emotional damage to a child or youth. The misuse of power and/or a breach of trust are part of all types of child abuse.

How to Respond to a Disclosure

When you suspect or discover that a child or youth has been abused, it’s important that you respond appropriately. Here are some guidelines to help you respond to and report child abuse.