Communication, structure, and some more communication - are the key to keeping your children safe. The parent Workshop is a wellspring of knowledge of not only the real numbers and, unfortunately, how common abuse is, but the concrete steps we can take to stop it from occurring. It goes through rules and procedures parents can put in place to keep their children safer, and the tools and times best suited for communication about body safety. We teach them the do's and don'ts of handling a disclosure, and the balance with which this whole subject should be approached so children are safe but not scared into becoming paranoid and anxious.
Why does this need to be taught in schools, isn't this the parents responsibility? It's not a school's responsibility. It's an opportunity, an opportunity to help a child that may not be getting the help they need at home for whatever reason. Studies show the 2nd most disclosed to person after a parent, is a teacher. The research shows that school based interventional education is very effective in stopping and curtailing child abuse. Collectively Magenu has spent hundreds of hours to create the first research-backed comprehensive program for Jewish CSA prevention. The school piece includes a curriculum to be taught to children Nursery through 8th grade (annually) and a Training given to school faculty, teachers, and principals on how to create a safe environment. The teacher training consists of important information regarding; Mandated reporting- How who and when. Policies and procedures for keeping staff safe and above board. Instructions on how to handle a disclosure(it's not so simple;), should a child open up to a staff member. How to spot red-flags and help a child who may be going through something.
Children need to be heard. The most important thing for keeping children safe is them knowing they are cared for, seen, and heard and that their feelings matter. The "Be a Star" system teaches children to understand their feelings, understand they can have conflicting feelings, and that whenever they have strong feelings whether pleasant or unpleasant, they can and should share them with the (Star) adults in their lives. This topic is very sensitive, and is approached differently for 4 year olds and pre-teen's. We took great care to make sure all of our material is sensitive to the religious community, and that it relays all the important safety information without impinging on any tznius standards.
With the help of Hashem we welcome you to be a part of the solution against abuse in our community.