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A group of smiling students standing by a school bus

At the federal level, Committee for Children focuses our advocacy work on SEL, bullying prevention, and child sexual abuse prevention.

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Education and Social-Emotional Learning

Promoting prosocial skills helps prevent youth violence, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, and other negative outcomes. At the national level, we are advocating for the inclusion of support for social-emotional learning in all education policy.

In the last Congress, Committee for Children supported two SEL-related bills. While neither one of them passed, we did score a victory last year when social-emotional learning was included as an identified area of focus for federal education research.
Read about our federal work advocating for SEL


Preventing Bullying in Schools

Preventing Bullying in Schools

We support policies and evidence-based practice that reduce and prevent bullying in schools. Rather than criminalizing bullying behavior among children, we support teaching kids to treat one another more respectfully while training adults and kids to recognize bullying and respond effectively when it takes place.
Read more about bullying prevention at a federal level


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Child Protection Policies in Schools and Community Settings

We are helping establish research-based practice to foster safe school environments. This encompasses everything from hiring practices to lessons in sexual abuse prevention. We also support policies that promote children’s safety by training teachers, parents, and children (using evidence-based practice) to recognize, refuse, and report sexual abuse. And we support stronger training, reporting, child protection, and law enforcement protocols.
See our national work to protect children


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