Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is an evidence-based curriculum program with developmentally appropriate lessons for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to help students prevent, interrupt, and speak up about various types of child abuse—physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, bullying, and cyberabuse.

Prevention education is critical to ending child abuse. This comprehensive program provides everything needed—comprehensive self-paced facilitator training, classroom presentations to engage students, two fully scripted lessons per grade, handouts and reinforcement activities, materials to send home to parents/caregivers, and more.

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe (CH SUBS)

  • is evidence-based – read more
  • helps kids identify unsafe situations and teaches resistance skills, like telling a safe adult – read more
  • is proven effective, with statistically valid testing since 2010 – read more
  • is based on research and best practices in several disciplines – read more
  • features the CH SUBS safety rules (adapted to safety principles for high school)
    • It’s MY body!
    • Ask an adult if I am safe.
    • I have choices.
    • Tell someone.
    • It’s NEVER my fault!

The Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program has been rated as having Promising Research Evidence by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) and is listed in its Program Registry.

Why choose Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe?

Childhelp’s Speak Up Be Safe program is the only evidence-based comprehensive child abuse prevention education curriculum that covers various types of abuse, with age-appropriate lessons for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It is used with confidence by schools, districts, advocacy centers, faith-based organizations, and other groups throughout the United States and over a dozen other nations.

Comprehensive self-paced training is provided for the facilitators who will deliver the age-appropriate lessons twice a year.
Facilitators who complete the training can print/download a completion certificate and may be eligible for continuing education credits. The LMS provides information by state.

The online LMS has resources for facilitators (counselors, teachers, etc.) and administrators. Some are for sharing with parents and community members.
Take-home materials reinforce learning and engage parents and caregivers.
All of the curriculum components for grades Pre-K through 12 are now also available in Spanish.

A short course in the LMS helps facilitators adapt lessons to virtual settings and provides alternative online activities by grade level.

Below you can see the first annual Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe Impact report and the difference the curriculum has made in the lives of children, here in the US and across the globe.

2021 Impact Report

Child abuse prevention education saves precious lives and valuable resources. The financial costs associated with victims of child abuse are substantial. The estimated economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States, based on 2015 substantiated incident cases (482,000 nonfatal and 1670 fatal victims), was $428 billion. This represents lifetime costs of nearly a million dollars per child abuse victim.1

1.The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States and implications for prevention. Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. Vol 36, issue 2, Feb 2012, pp. 156-165. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.