Community Education and Child Abuse Prevention

Community Education

Abuse thrives in secrecy and isolation, and no child or adolescent is ever at fault when they are a victim of abuse or maltreatment.

Body Safety Education

Teaching about body safety from an early age can help children and adolescents develop healthy boundaries, learn words and language to talk about their bodies, and identify safe adults they can talk to should something happen.

The Safe and Strong Child© curriculum is designed for schools and childhood or family-based settings like Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes and Head Start programs to begin the conversation about body safety.

Three Pillars

The Safe and Strong Child© curriculum is based on three key components:

  1. Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  2. Professional, teacher and staff training
  3. Parent/caregiver meeting

The program was originally developed in Duluth, Minnesota by the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) and passed on to First Witness Child Advocacy Center for further development and implementation. The Minnesota Children’s Alliance is now a distribution partner for the program to make it available on a statewide basis.

Get Trained

The Alliance offers training for multidisciplinary team members, educators, nonprofit staff, and community members on the Safe and Strong Child© curriculum on an ongoing basis.

Upcoming Training