Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Keeping kids safe from sexual abuse in schools


Schools are at the frontline of child protection since they have the potential to both teach protective behaviors effectively and to a greater number of children than any other system, including parental instructions. This is because a large part of the truly "awake" time of a child's waking hours are spent at school. Besides educators have a special role in combating child sexual abuse, as they possess the knowledge, training and opportunity to observe and respond to children's behaviour and physical conditions over a period of time. Additionally, because of the close daily contact they are in a unique position to identify these children who need help and protection.
What schools can do to prevent Child Sexual Abuse:
* Ensure teachers, volunteers and anyone else with access to children is properly screened and trained
4 Implement and enforce a policy for reporting child sexual abuse and handling disclosures from children
* Establish protocols and screening for school computer use. Provide training to students and teachers on acceptable use of computers
* Assess your environmental structure and take every possible step to make it safer for children
* Make certain campus security is in place so that all visitors are screened through the office and the unusual incidents/visitors are handled.
* Provide programmes and roles for parents to make them a part of their children's safety and security at school and while going to and from school.
* Choose or develop child-safety programs for the school that are based on accepted educational theories, are appropriate for the child's age and levels of education and development, and are designed to offer concepts that will help children build self-confidence in order to better handle and protect themselves in all types of situations. Use multiple program components that are repeated several years and use qualified presenters who include role-playing, behavioral rehearsal, feedback and active participation in presentations.

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