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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

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Taking a holistic approach to child safety, the unit provides materials and three modules of online training for administrators and all staff members.
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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.
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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.
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“Let’s take the opportunity as adults to learn a code of conduct: how to respond, who to tell. Because otherwise we leave children so vulnerable.”

Suzin Bartley, Executive Director
MA Children’s Trust


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Available for Early Learning–Grade 5

The Child Protection Unit includes:

  • Unlimited online staff training
  • Student lesson notebooks for each grade (lessons, posters, DVD)
  • Family materials (letters, videos, take-home activities)
  • Additional online resources (implementation tools and support resources)

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.

Lesson Notebook and Staff Training

  • Early Learning, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 $199
  • Early Learning and Grades K–5 bundle $1279
  • Grades K–5 bundle $1099

“For teachers, we have the biggest responsibility after the parents. We spend the majority of the day with the children. And we need to understand that we’re there to protect the child.”

Baionne Coleman, Student Life Director
St. Luke School, Shoreline, WA

Lesson Topics

  • General Safety Rules
  • Ways to Stay Safe
  • Always Ask First
  • Touching Safety
  • Never Keep Secrets
  • Reviewing Safety Skills

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.

Grade 2, Lesson 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches

Student lesson sample includes:

  • Lesson photos
  • Lesson instructions and teacher script
  • Following Through Card
  • Take-home activity

Early Learning, Weekly Theme 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches

Weekly Theme sample includes:

  • Theme photos
  • Instructions and teacher script
  • Skill-practice activities
  • Take-home activity

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.

Module 1

Policies and Procedures

Enables administrators to:

  • Assess current child protection policies, procedures, and practices
  • Begin to develop a child protection strategy

75–90 minutes

Module 2

All-Staff Training

Prepares all staff to:

  • Recognize indicators of abuse or neglect
  • Respond in a supportive way
  • Report abuse or violations of school policies

75–90 minutes

Module 3

Teach the Lessons

Prepares teachers to:

  • Teach student lessons
  • Discuss unsafe or sexually abusive situations with confidence
  • Engage families

45–60 minutes (Early Learning)
60–75 minutes (Grades K–5)

View a sample scenario from the All-Staff Training, Module 2


Call to order the Second Step Child Protection Unit: 800-634-4449

“I think it’s important for children to learn personal safety skills at school. Unfortunately, a lot of us do not teach that to our children at home. So it’s very important as they grow up to know who to touch, who not to touch, who to talk to, who not to talk to. Schools and families can work together.”

Marie J. Johnson, kindergarten student grandparent
Marcus Garvey Elementary School, Chicago, IL


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.

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Second Step Child Protection Unit and National
Health Education Standards: Pre/K | K–5

Child Protection Unit Consultants and Advisors

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
DeAnn Yamamoto
Deputy Executive Director, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

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  •  clientsupport@cfchildren.org
  •  800-634-4449
  •  206-343-1223
  • Mon–Fri 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    (Pacific time)
  •  2815 Second Ave., Suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98121

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