During the fall of 2010, with the help of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the 1st-6th grade Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe curriculum was delivered to nearly 20,000 students in Florida schools. This pilot of the new curriculum resulted in 424 disclosures of abuse and bullying, a 2% disclosure rate. Additionally, facilitator feedback revealed that 99% of facilitators felt the curriculum appropriately covered sexual abuse, 98% felt physical abuse and neglect were covered appropriately, and 98% felt that children were empowered with safety information after the lessons.
In the 2014-2015 school year, with the help of corporate sponsor Origami Owl and the launch of the SUBS Learning Management Portal, the 1st-6th grade curriculum was delivered to almost 40,000 students nationwide, which resulted in 390 disclosures of bullying, cyberbullying, abuse, or neglect. Almost 1% of the students who received the lessons were directly impacted by abuse or neglect and were able to identify and seek help for their unsafe situations.
On a smaller scale, a Phoenix-metro school district implemented the lessons for 1st-6th grades in 2014-2015 to over 4000 students and received 84 disclosures of abuse and neglect, an almost 2% impact rate. Although 1-2% is not a large number, this represents the children who initially found the courage to disclose abuse to someone at the school within the few days or weeks after a Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe lesson. Longer term research of the impact of effective prevention education programs suggests that many more will also be able to identify unsafe situations before they are abused, while others will eventually be able to recognize that what has happened or is happening to them is not okay, and they will have the resources to seek help.