Join In and Spread the Word!
Working together worldwide to honor, support, and inspire
adult leadership in protecting and empowering young people!
What is International Child Protection Month?
This September, the first International Child Protection Month will honor, support, and inspire adult leadership in protecting and empowering young people.
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a global nonprofit leader in personal safety education for 25 years, is leading this annual worldwide month of action and inviting others who share our values and commitment to the safety and well-being of children and teens to join us.
In addition to our 30 centers around the world and their partners, our partners so far include the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Hands and Voices, MyGym International, Positive Coaching Alliance, Doing Right by Our Kids, DC Self-Defense Association and Little Pickle Press. We hope you will join us this September by making a commitment to Put Safety First, by sharing important resources for child safety, and by encouraging nonprofits, businesses, foundations, and friends to become Child Protection Month Partners.
By reaching our goal of 50,000 caring adults pledging to live and act in ways that promote the safety of young people, together we can transform the future of bullying, violence, and abuse into a future of lifelong safety and success for today’s youth.
What YOU can do!
First, make the Kidpower Put Safety First Commitment™:
“I WILL put the safety and well-being of young people ahead of anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense!”
Next, for all children and teens you are in a position to help, discuss the Kidpower Protection Promise™ below.
Now, please suggest other important child protection resources and potential partners– and help us spread the word widely through your real-world and online networks.
The Kidpower Protection Promise™
Imagine the impact if every caring adult discussed this message with each of the young people in their lives!
“You are very, very important to me!
If you have a safety problem, I want to know – even if I seem too busy, even if someone we care about will be upset, even if it is embarrassing, and even if you made a mistake.
Please tell me, and I will do everything in my power to help you.”
Extend this Kidpower Protection Promise™ to young people you are in a direct position to help, such as grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives; your own children and students; and youth you support in sports, scouting, volunteer work, faith groups, etc.
During September, we will be providing free resources from Kidpower and our partner organizations to help fulfill this promise.
What it means to be a Protector of Children
International Child Protection Month honors the importance of each adult taking action as a Protector of Children through:
- Awareness, advocacy, and intervention on behalf of all young people of all abilities.
- Empowerment of young people to take charge of their own lives as they learn, play, and grow.
- Listening to and learning from young people.
- Encouraging adult leadership in keeping kids safe.
As a community of caring adults, whether we are family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, or paid staff, we must work together to:
- Prevent and stop child maltreatment including all forms of bullying, violence, and abuse.
- Advocate for positive child development policies, practices, and education with our families, schools, youth-serving organizations, and professional groups.
- Provide kids and their adults with knowledge, skills, and experiences to help young people be safe and thrive.
- Provide opportunities for young people to develop self-advocacy skills and to speak for themselves.
How will International Child Protection Month Partners make a difference?
In partnership with individuals and organizations that share our values and commitment, we will:
- Increase public awareness of the crucial role adults play as Protectors of Children.
- Highlight “bright spots” from around the world showing how adults are making a difference in the safety of children.
- Provide educational resources for protecting and empowering young people.
Kidpower’s official partners will be outstanding individuals and organizations with an excellent track record who:
- Give permission to have their name, credentials, and logos added to announcements that they have the opportunity to review.
- Provide ideas about “bright spots”, resources to share, and other partners.
- Share information about International Child Protection Month during September through their newsletters, social media, conferences, services, email lists, and other activities.