There are many advantages to actively involving teachers, school staff, coaches and administrators in child abuse prevention efforts. The majority of child abuse prevention programs are delivered in school settings, affording the ability to reach large groups of children in a non-threatening environment. Another great outlet for this type of training is the youth athletic programs.
Teachers, coaches and school staff can create a community-wide child abuse safety zone by being informed about the signs and symptoms of abuse, risk and protective factors, and the impact of child abuse and neglect. All Speak Up Be Safe for Educators and for Athletes curricula are tailored to the developmental characteristics of the child. Program delivery includes classroom posters, take-home materials (including a roadmap for action to quickly help the children in their care) to reinforce the safety rules with the children, and to engage parents and caregivers.