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Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe

Evidence-based comprehensive child abuse prevention education curriculum.

Core Curriculum

The overarching goal of this curriculum is to provide students the skills to identify and approach a safe adult about unsafe situations.

Pre K - 2

Grades PK – 2

A primary focus for the earliest age groups is emphasizing that adults are responsible to keep children safe. Students learn basic concepts of personal safety and how to identify safe adults in their lives.

Grades 3-5

Grades 3 – 5

Lessons underscore adult responsibility for child safety. Children, equipped with key safety rules, actively contribute to their own safety. They identify safe adults, recognize potential risks, and practice safety rules.

Grades 6-8

Grades 6 – 8

Adults remain responsible for child safety, yet lessons recognize students’ increasing responsibilities and privileges. Students learn to recognize potential risks and practice resistance strategies until they can talk to a safe adult.

Grades 9-12

Grades 9 – 12

Lessons highlight teens’ growing independence, focusing on ways to recognize unhealthy relationships and unsafe situations. Students learn to prevent abuse, seek help, and broaden their understanding of abusive behavior. Identifying safe adults and peers reinforces a strong safety network.

Why choose Childhelp
Speak Up Be Safe?

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe 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.

Intro to Our Abuse Prevention Curriculum

Childhelp Human Trafficking Prevention (CH HTP) Curriculum

Education is key to prevention. As children and teens face ever-changing areas of risk, Childhelp will continue to answer needs for information and prevention education.

We help by teaching prevention.

Human trafficking, both in person and online, is a growing risk for adolescents and teens. Our added module of lessons for grades 6 – 12 focuses on building skills to recognize and resist the risks, while reinforcing that youth connect with their safe adults who are responsible to keep kids of all ages safe.

The lessons can be taught as a standalone topic yet work best when combined with the critical teachings of the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe core curriculum. The HTP module closely mirrors the successful learning model of the core curriculum, with facilitator training, fully scripted lessons with classroom presentations, and engagement materials for each level.

Among the engagement materials is a series of brief animated concept videos. Topics include healthy relationships, personal boundaries, and red flag moments. All videos can be viewed on the Childhelp “Helping Kids Speak Up & Be Safe” YouTube channel. Most also are suitable for general abuse prevention education. The animations also serve as public service announcements, positioning Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe as a partner for any community working to prevent human trafficking.

In addition, the four-minute live-action signature video called “A Dream Job” stunningly portrays a typical way in which youth can be lured online by predators pretending to be someone trustworthy. You can watch this video below. “A Dream Job” recently won two Telly Awards!


A Dream Job

by Childhelp

Measuring the Impact of Prevention Education

The innovative Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program has evolved over many years into the holistic curriculum it is today.


Students Reached Since Its Inception


Facilitators Trained Since Its Inception


Increase In Student Reach Year-Over-Year

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe
Research and Results

Thanks to these activities, the CH SUBS core curriculum has been listed as evidence-based since 2021.

Childhelp has worked with the Arizona State University Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (ASU-SIRC) to incorporate evaluation standards, expand the curriculum, and gather efficacy research. This and other research into the impact of effective prevention education programs suggests that many students will be able to identify unsafe situations before abuse happens, while others will be able to recognize what is happening and seek help from their safe adults and the Childhelp National Hotline.

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To order Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe or get a personalized quote for your school or organization, call 480.922.8212 or click the link below to fill out our online form.

Every Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe order for the grade level(s) you require includes the following:

  • Access to the CH SUBS learning management system (LMS) 24/7
  • Self-paced online facilitator training
  • Facilitator guides and checklists
  • Fully scripted lessons with age-appropriate, interactive lessons
  • Engaging classroom presentations
  • Teacher reinforcement activities
  • Lesson handouts, forms, and parent/caregiver materials
  • Additional resources for facilitators, youth, parents, and more
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In Arizona: This program is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (Award #: 90XP0488) totaling $1,000,000 with 100 percent funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the ACF website, Administrative and National Policy Requirements.