Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs

Help children be protected from violence

Respect Education 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.

Program for young children: Be Safe! can help prevent sexual abuse of children

Be Safe! (formerly called the c.a.r.e. kit) is a personal safety program for children aged 5–9, with a focus on preventing child sexual abuse.  Read more about the Be Safe! program

Program for youth: It’s Not Your Fault helps prevent child abuse and neglect

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children under the age of 18 have a right to live a life free of violence (Article 19). By becoming a Training Partner to deliver It’s Not Your Fault, your school will be equipped to help youth aged 12–18 by offering them workshops that identify:

  • The rights of children and youth
  • Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect
  • Sexual exploitation and Internet exploitation
  • How victims cope
  • Why abuse happens
  • Who can provide help
  • How to help a friend
  • How youth can make a difference.

You will be provided with a curriculum, teaching resources and supporting materials. Upon completion of the training, you will become certified as a Prevention Educator and be able to deliver the program to youth. Read more about the Prevention Educator training for the It’s Not Your Fault program.

It’s Not Your Fault youth workshops can be given as a single 2-hour session, or can be integrated throughout the school curriculum to up to 22 hours of education.

Read more about It’s Not Your Fault’s objectives and contents.

Programs for adults: Learn how to help children and youth and prevent child abuse and neglect

Respect in School

Bring safety to schools by building respect. Take the 2.5-hour Respect in School online course.

Prevention in Motion

Prevention in Motion helps adults, organizations and communities to proactively create safer environments through an increased understanding of abuse, neglect, their indicators and effects on children and youth.

Participants learn to:

  • Respond to disclosures
  • Follow organizational policies and the legal reporting process
  • Develop strategies to protect children and youth.

Prevention in Motion is available in person and online and can be customized to suit the needs of the audience.

Walking the Prevention Circle

Walking the Prevention Circle was developed in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and helps mobilize communities to build greater safety for children and youth in this context.

Further info:

Read Sheldon Kennedy’s article on how empowering bystanders is the key to stop sexual abuse

Read research showing how child abuse prevention programs do keep children safer