Nothing is more important than protecting children from abuse—and doing so takes vigilance on everyoneʼs part. To truly make a difference, both adults and children need to be educated.
Tools to make a difference, for the people who can
Taking a holistic approach to child safety, the unit provides materials and three modules of online training for administrators and all staff members.
Easy-to-follow, scripted lessons teach children personal safety skills using clear, rules-based, and age-appropriate instruction, giving kids the know-how and avenues to disclose abuse.
View sample lessons
The Child Protection Unit extends support to a student’s home, with materials that keep parents informed and videos that help them talk with their kids about personal safety.
Available for Early Learning–Grade 5
Early Learning, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 lessons use the Second Step puppets, which aren’t included in the Child Protection Unit. You can purchase the Early Learning or Kindergarten and Grade 1 puppets separately, or substitute your own puppets.
Early Learning daily activities each take 5–7 minutes.
K–3 weekly lessons each take 20–35 minutes to teach.
4–5 weekly lessons each take 35–40 minutes to teach.
Student lesson sample includes:
Ways to Stay Safe Poster
Three Ways to Stay Safe
Weekly Theme sample includes:
The Safety Rules Song
Call to order the Second Step Child Protection Unit: 800-634-4449
Child Protection Resources for Families
Although talking to kids about sexual abuse is one of the best ways to prevent it, parents may not know how to begin the conversation or what to say. That’s why we created videos and articles with facts about child sexual abuse and tips for getting the conversation started. And the best part is they’re free to everyone.
For families with students being taught the Child Protection Unit lessons, family letters help explain the program and adults’ role in child protection. Take-home activities further reinforce skills and encourage family discussions.
The Child Protection Unit truly starts with training for all staff, with the following online training modules. Early learning and elementary versions of Modules 2 and 3 are available to meet the needs of those distinct settings.
Policies and Procedures
Enables administrators to:
Prepares all staff to:
Teach the Lessons
Prepares teachers to:
View a sample scenario from the all-staff training, Module 2
We’re 35-year veterans in the field of child abuse prevention, and we’ve partnered with leading experts in the field. We’ve also taken our research and what we’ve learned about best practices from our Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum and applied the best of it to the development of the Child Protection Unit.
Child Protection in Schools:
A Four-Part Solution
A Second Step White Paper
Review of Research
Child Protection Unit Logic Model
Child Protection Unit and National
Health Education Standards (Pre/K)
Second Step Child Protection Unit and National
Health Education Standards (K–5)
Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools (EL–8)
David Finkelhor, PhD
Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center
Keith Kaufman, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, Portland State University
Anthony Rizzuto, PhD
Child abuse prevention consultant
Charol Shakeshaft, PhD
Professor, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
Deputy Executive Director, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Bullying Prevention Unit
Child Protection Unit
Early, Open, Often
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