WASHINGTON DC – The men and women serving to keep America safe know it is important to keep their own children safe too. That’s why the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) turned to Childhelp to provide a child abuse prevention education curriculum for their military base schools. Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe will soon be offered in 110 schools across 11 countries and seven states to an estimated 39,000 students a year from kindergarten to fifth grade.
As the nation’s oldest and largest organization advocating for abused, neglected and at-risk children, Childhelp has taught Speak Up Be Safe’s lifesaving abuse prevention and anti-bullying skills to over half a million children since the program relaunched in 2011. It was previously known as Good Touch, Bad Touch.
“We’re proud to partner with the DoDEA to protect even more children and empower those tasked with keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect,” said Michael Fulcher, National Sales Director for Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe.
“It’s an honor to serve these communities and families who do so much and help children in these schools identify abuse, stand up to bullying and reach out to safe adults in times of need.”
Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a research-based, evidence-informed program that engages the community around children to help them recognize unsafe situations and identify abusive behaviors. It also promotes pro-social behaviors between peers and stronger relationships with safe, trusted adults in their lives.
The contract will provide curriculum materials, access to facilitator training and support to the contracted schools for five years. The program builds on itself from year to year, reinforcing and enriching the students’ knowledge and helping each child learn skills to last a lifetime.