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.
Child sexual abuse is one of the more difficult issues an educator will face. For 30 years, the Canadian Red Cross has been working with schools and communities to spread the sexual abuse prevention message and promote healthy, safe relationships. Our research found few comprehensive programs available across Canada that deal specifically with preventing child sexual abuse. When surveyed, over 90% of teachers, parents, and counselors felt Be Safe! was effective in increasing students’ personal safety.
Watch the Be Safe! teaser
Through positive, non-threatening, simple key messages and child-friendly learning resources, Be Safe! introduces young children to the concepts of:
- children’s rights
- safe and supportive friendships
- adults’ responsibility to protect children from harm
- privacy and safe and unsafe touching
simple and effective Personal Safety Rules: Say “NO!” GO! Get away. TELL! Tell someone you trust. Keep on telling until someone helps you.
Be Safe! provides easy-to-use, effective resources
Designed to be delivered in schools and other learning environments, Be Safe! includes:
- simple, detailed guidelines for educators
- colourful, age-appropriate learning resources for children
- information for parents
- templates and tools to help schools communicate with parents and assist administrators to implement Be Safe!
Using Be Safe! in my school
To use Be Safe!, your school must purchase the Be Safe! kit.
Online training for educators is included with the kit and is an essential part of the Be Safe! program.
To familiarize school administrators with the Be Safe ! program, a short, free online presentation called Be Safe! Overview for Administrators is available
For more information, please call 1-855-886-2648.
Information for parents
Discover the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Take the free Be Safe! Information for Parents online course.
Read parent tips on preventing child abuse and helping hurt kids.
Parents, here are tips to keep kids safe from online sexual exploitation.
Information for youth
Read information for youth on preventing and getting help for sexual abuse.