What it means to be a Protector of Young People:
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.
Learn HOW to advocate, intervene and empower young people by:
- Reading and implementing Kidpower’s Seven Strategies for Keeping Kids Safe;
- Signing up for a free community membership of our online Library for access to hundreds of safety resources to use and share;
- Taking or organizing a Child Protection Workshop or Webinar for Adults. Contact safety@kidpower,org;
- Using Kidpower’s many books and publications, such as the Kidpower Safety Comics series, to learn, teach and practice safety skills with young people;
- Attending one of our Kidpower Skills for Child Protection Advocates 3-day Professional Training Institutes; and
Kidpower Core Program Training – a 6-day training for individuals who want to learn to teach our programs, either as a Kidpower Certified Instructor, or to bring Kidpower skills training to your organization and become an authorized service provider.