Parents, educators, and other caring adults can take leadership to protect and empower young people through these ten actions that further our Child Protection goals:
- Stay connected by accepting each child as a unique individual, knowing what is happening with this child, and understanding how she or he is feeling.
- Show children and teens that they are valuable, powerful, and capable by giving them experiences to develop these beliefs.
- Know what is and is not safe emotionally and physically.
- Put Safety First in making decisions about where kids go, who is with them, and what they are doing.
- Develop a community of positive adult and peer relationships for kids in their families, schools, youth groups, and neighborhoods
- Notice and address problems that might undermine a young person’s well-being and persist even in the face of obstacles until acceptable solutions are found.
- Intervene powerfully, respectfully, and immediately to stop unsafe or disrespectful behavior.
- Coach kids to act safely and respectfully towards themselves and others in daily life.
- Set a good example by making positive choices in our own lives.
- Get help when young people or their adults are stuck in destructive behavior or have had traumatic experiences that undermine their joy in life.
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Also see the Kidpower article: Worthy of Trust: What Organizations Need to Do to Keep Kids Safe