Kidpower Programs for Schools and Youth Organizations

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Proven curriculum with experiential and engaging lessons for promoting the safety and well-being of children, teens, and the adults who care for them: including respectful boundaries for touch, play, health and safety; self-advocacy and positive consent skills, help-seeking skills, online safety and digital citizenship; to build healthy relationships, and to protect sexual safety.

preK-12 Sexual Abuse Prevention ProgramsCommon Questions & Answers
Experiential and Age Appropriate

We Know How to Make Learning About Safety Fun

Kidpower’s Positive Practice Method™ provides the opportunity for students to be coached in being successful in rehearsing awareness, boundary-setting, consent, and help-seeking strategies and skills. Educators, mental health experts, public safety officials, and parents recommend Kidpower for being positive, practical, trauma-sensitive and emotionally safe, age-appropriate, adapted for different abilities, and relevant to the life situations of our students. Bring Kidpower to your school or youth organization.

A Word

From A Director of Curriculum

“Our district has been very excited to discover and experience the philosophy, depth, adaptability, and practicality of Kidpower’s training and educational materials. The Kidpower curriculum empowers students, parents, and teachers by using a strengths-based approach to create a culture of safety.”

Kathy Marshall

Former Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Orinda Union School District

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Kidpower’s Comprehensive preK-12 Curriculum

Kidpower is a global nonprofit leader dedicated to providing empowering and effective sexual abuse and bullying prevention, child protection, and personal safety education for all ages, abilities, and walks of life.

Since 1989, we have served over 5.4 million children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, through our workshops, partnerships, and educational resources. In locations where we have instructors, we teach hands-on workshops for families, schools, and organizations. In addition, we provide training of professionals, parent/guardian workshops, and extensive curriculum. Learn more about services we offer.

We prepare responsible adults to introduce and teach Kidpower skills in ways that are effective, empowering, and FUN – and to coach the use of these skills in daily life. Just as crossing the street safely does not happen in one lesson, learning how to prevent and solve problems with people is not a one-time lesson, but an ongoing process. Learn more about the skills we teach.

Kidpower programs follow or exceed federal and state requirements and are recommended by ErinsLaw.org
Learn more about how Kidpower programs meet or exceed federal and state standards for child safety and abuse prevention education, such as “Erin’s Law.”

Contact us to tailor services to your needs.

Key Skills for Preventing Sexual Abuse and Protecting Children and Teens

Specific sexual abuse prevention skills for young people include:

✚ How to recognize what is and is not safe

✚ Understanding positive consent for play and affection

✚ How to set and respect boundaries on unwanted or unsafe touch

✚ The safety rules for touch, teasing, or play for fun or affection

✚ The safety rules for private areas

✚ Knowing what is and is not your choice

✚ Resisting emotional coercion, bribes, and threats

✚ Checking and thinking first before changing the plan

✚ Making and following safety rules for interactive technology and internet use

✚ Being very persistent in getting help from busy impatient adults

Specific sexual abuse prevention skills for adults who are caring for children include:

✚ Making SURE that young people know you care by making the Kidpower Protection Promise

✚ Setting or insisting on policies that are clearly understood and consistently applied by everyone

✚ Recognizing potentially unsafe or inappropriate behavior

✚ Advocating for the well being of young people

✚ Intervening to stop problems

✚ Overcoming obstacles to child safety

✚ Teaching safety rules and skills to children in ways that are age-appropriate and fun rather than scary or confusing

✚ Advocating with family members and friends to ensure that affection is truly a child’s choice

✚ Reinforcing the safety skills in daily life

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PreK – 12
Programs

Starting Strong for PreK and Kindergardeners

Kidpower Safety for Elementary Students

Safety on Your Own for Middle Schoolers

Teenpower: Take Charge of Your Safety

Kidpower Parent/Caregiver Education

Kidpower Training of Professionals

Program Checklist

✓ Age Appropriate

✓ Adapted for Special Needs

✓ Trauma Sensitive

✓ Gender Inclusive

✓ Culturally Aware & Respectful

✓ Train the Trainer and Follow-up Mentoring

✓ Flexible and Adaptable Lessons

✓ Coaching Scripts

✓ Homework Assignments for Families

✓ Parent Education

✓ Available in Other Languages

✓ Social Stories and Activities

✓ Kinesthetic Safety Signals

✓ Common Language to Solve Problems

✓ Meets or Exceeds State Requirements

✓ Recommended on ErinsLaw.org

Common Questions

Kidpower’s Approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs

Do you share tips with parents and teachers on how to report child abuse?

Yes. Kidpower teaches advocacy skills and other skills for taking charge of safety on behalf of yourself and on behalf of loved ones in all kinds of safety situations, including – but not limited to – addressing child sexual abuse. We provide parents, teachers, and other caring adults with tools that are highly recommended by mental health experts, public safety officers, and educators for explaining safety rules about private areas in ways that have proven to be clear for children of all ages without putting images in children’s minds that might be emotionally unsafe.

As skills teachers, we are not counselors or therapists, nor do we provide legal advice. Rather, we teach effective persistence, advocacy, and help-seeking skills in our workshops. In addition, Kidpower is a community resource accessible to all adults; they are not limited to accessing our resources only in the context of a workshop or of a service contract with a district or agency.

As a community resource, Kidpower offers guidance for parents, teachers, and other youth service professionals in assessing possible avenues for reporting, as many of the adults in our workshops work within structures that delineate pathways for reporting.

Developing the skills to assess those reporting pathways – and to assess the potential risk of moving outside those pathways – enables adults to act more effectively and powerfully as advocates for child safety in all situations, including those involving potential abuse.

Here are our recommendations for adults, which have been used by tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and other caring adults in different school districts and organizations:  What to Do if a Child Reports Possible Abuse, Bullying, Harassment, or Anything Else That Bothers Them.

We also provide ongoing education about child abuse prevention actions for parents, teachers, and other caring adults who sign up for our newsletters, visit our Online Resource Library, or email us.

Do you talk to kids about the steps to take if they feel they have been abused?

YES. In addition to talking, we practice with kids how to find someone to talk with and how to be persistent in getting help with safety problems from busy adults. We achieve this goal by teaching a combination of safety principles, and just as important, skills, for how to talk about problems with adults they trust.

Kidpower’s Founding ‘Put Safety First’ Principle is:

The safety and well being of a child are more important than anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense – theirs, ours, or any other person’s.

Kidpower’s Four Core Boundary Principles are:

1. We each belong to ourselves. Our bodies, our time, our personal space, and our choices – are ours alone.

2. Some things are not a choice (health and safety).

3. Problems should not have to be a secret. Games, touch, and presents someone gives you should not have to be a secret.

4. Tell and keep telling – as many adults as you have to, as many times as you need to – until you get help and your problem stops.

Kidpower’s age-appropriate and ability-appropriate social safety skills include, among others: recognizing what is and is not safe; boundary-setting; moving away from trouble; projecting confidence; assertive advocacy; and persisting to get help effectively from adults when you have a safety problem of any kind, including possible abuse.

This two-pronged approach of teaching skills together with principles enables us to equip even very young children – as well as people of any age whose cognitive differences make them even more vulnerable to abuse than their peers – with skills they can use to get help if they feel unsafe in a broad range of situations, including in situations involving potential abuse, harassment, bullying, assault, and other violence, without burdening them with graphic details about abuse.

Focusing on the bad things that could happen does not make kids safer and can cause upset that can make it harder for kids to take action in the moment to be safe. This is why, in schools, teachers lead fire drill skills practices rather than talking about what happens to people in a fire; at swim facilities, instructors focus on swimming rather than on drowning; and in families, parents focus on the skills of fastening seat belts and looking both ways rather than on explaining what happens to people in car accidents. Similarly, Kidpower focuses on teaching skills that can help children be safer and get help from adults rather than on talking about the details of possible danger.

Is your staff trained and qualified on how to deal with kids who have been abused?

Yes. In order to receive and maintain certification, all Kidpower instructors must consistently demonstrate an understanding of the actions they are expected to take if they believe a child in one of their workshops might have been abused.

Kidpower instructors are also mandated reporters who are legally bound to report potential child abuse they believe is not being addressed. In addition, Kidpower service agreements (MOUs) with school districts commonly include clauses detailing boundaries and guidelines related to abuse prevention and reporting to ensure that Kidpower and that specific district agree on how we will, as partners, deal with situations in which anyone involved believes a child might have been abused.

Kidpower curriculum also includes the following core statement from The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults and the article: Sometimes the People Kids Love Have Problems: What Children DO and DO NOT Need to Know:

“Sometimes the people kids love have problems, and sometimes their problems are so big that they do things that hurt kids or make them uncomfortable. If this happens to you or a friend, it does NOT mean you did anything wrong. It means that the person who did this broke the safety rules and that you all need help. The best way to get help is to tell a grown-up you trust and to keep telling until that person or another person does something about it.  And it is NEVER too late to tell.”

All Kidpower instructors are trained to support students of any age in getting help with any kind of safety problem, or anything that bothers them, from the adults in their lives who are in a position to help and protect that student in an ongoing way.

At least one such adult is always present in a Kidpower workshop that serves minors, because, in Kidpower group workshops, a minimum of one of the group’s regular leaders – the lead teacher, counselor, coach etc. – is required to attend and participate fully in all activities. In workshops serving families, children must be accompanied by at least one of their own parents/guardians/care providers. Kidpower always enthusiastically welcomes parents and other support staff – such as the school aides, counselors, and administrators – to participate in workshops.

Even those Kidpower instructors who happen to also be counselors, therapists, law enforcement officers, doctors, or lawyers themselves do not take on the role of counselor, therapist, health care provider, or legal advisor in the context of their work as Kidpower instructors. Kidpower instructors are highly trained social safety skills teachers who work with groups for short periods to strengthen skills as well as communication between the children and the adults in their lives who can help them. Working within our clear boundaries with participating families and partner agencies is crucial for maintaining safety, respect, and healthy boundaries for all involved

Here are our recommendations for adults, which have been used by tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and other caring adults in different school districts and organizations:  What to Do if a Child Reports Possible Abuse, Bullying, Harassment, or Anything Else That Bothers Them.

Does Kidpower teach about preventing sexual harrassment?

Yes. Too often, young people use gender stereotypes and homophobia to make each other miserable.

To stop sexual harassment, adults must set a good example and speak up about behavior that happens in front of them. If we don’t say anything, we should not be surprised when young people believe that this behavior is acceptable to us.

Learn more about how Kidpower addresses sexual harassment in our Sexual Abuse Prevention and our Bullying Prevention programs, including stories from real teaching situations and our 8 actions adults can take to prevent and stop sexual harassment of young people in our article: Stopping Sexual Harassment in Schools.

Does Kidpower help adults help kids who have experienced abuse, bullying, or other violence?

Yes. As a nonprofit organization, Kidpower is a community based resource available to all adults committed to protecting children.

We serve not only schools and school districts but also all kinds of businesses, social service agencies, clubs, preschools, camps, and other groups as well as individual parents, counselors, teachers, coaches, therapists, and others seeking guidance in how to protect children in their care, including those who have or may have experienced abuse.

Providing guidance in advocacy and child protection skills to adults – including parents as well as professionals in education, health, and social services – for helping kids in their lives who have been abused is the most effective means through which Kidpower helps kids who have experienced abuse, bullying, violence, and other trauma.

We have a number of success stories about children who tell a trusted adult about abuse after a Kidpower workshop. Because adults are prepared to respond effectively, children are given support – and action was taken, resulting in the children being protected from further harm, and prosecution of the abusers by the criminal justice system.

We offer many paths to child protection advocacy knowledge and skills for adults, including private consultation, organizational staff training, our parent/child workshops, our annual 3-day Child Protection Institute, and Kidpower’s Comprehensive Program and Instructor Training; and of course, our many books, comics, curriculum lessons, and training manuals, including our #1 bestselling book in Abuse Prevention: Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.

"We're concerned about whether teachers find that learning the curriculum feels like yet another task for them. Do you ever get that sort of feedback?"

We have had great feedback from those adults that are implementing the Kidpower skills in their schools and organizations. We have heard the feedback that teachers are already have too much to cover and they don’t have room for one more thing. However, because we have so many options, adaptations and ways to practice these skills, including our Safety Minutes, which are 5 minute lessons, those same teachers soon learned that it was actually very easy to incorporate them into their daily activities. And because so many of the practices help with behavior issues and transition issues within the classroom, implementing these skills will actually save time and frustration overall.

For example, we had one elementary teacher who said she had no time for anything else in class. We asked her, “What is the most frustrating part of your day in the classroom?”  She answered, “Transitions from one activity to the next, such as reading to recess, PE or lunch.”

We asked if we could have 10 minutes to show how we would practice this with the class and how to use our safety signals in the transitions. By the end of the 10 minutes, transitions that used to take 5 or more minutes, we had down to 30 seconds. The kids had a blast practicing and trying to beat their time each practice. We taught them  Awareness power, Mouth Closed power, Hands Down power, and Line Up power, and used these as our cues to the students for what we wanted them to do. The teacher was so impressed she immediately started using these skills and reported a couple months later that she has so much more time now and is not drained at the end of the day from these transitions. In addition, the kids are doing so well with their skills that they are able to handle many peer interaction situations on their own in a positive way and not have to ask the teacher every single time someone does something they do not like. They only go to her when they have tried on their own and need help or if it is a safety problem. This would be one of the many things we would cover with teachers and staff at a professional training and would really help to get “buy in” from them on the program.

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Parents’ and other Care Givers’ Questions about Sexual Abuse Prevention

Who or what kind of people do I need to watch out for?

Sexual predators look the same as anybody else.

Many pedophiles are respected members of their communities before they are caught and are in positions of trust and power because they are very charismatic, capable, and manipulative. According to studies done by the Department of Justice, sexual offenders can: be rich or poor; be men or women; be young or old; be married or single; have strong ties to their communities or families or have weak ties; have no criminal record or have had a prior conviction; come from any race, culture, or religion. The most common pedophile is an adult male who is married. The reasons why they offend are varied. Some were abused as children, but most were not.

The sad news is that most sexual offenses are committed by someone the victim knows — either a family member, friend, intimate partner, or acquaintance. About 27% of offenders are strangers.

How do these people get access to kids? And why do kids let them?

Sexual predators usually start by developing a relationship of trust with children, parents, families, schools, and youth organizations. They manipulate their relationships in order to have access to children. They often seem very charming, kind, and credible. They often test a child’s vulnerability and lower a child’s boundaries with small intrusions before doing something overtly sexual. They seek children who are not going to tell their adults.

Most sexual abuse happens because other adults in the child’s life are tricked into trusting the pedophile and because children are emotionally coerced into not stopping and not speaking up about unsafe behavior.  Kids (and teens and adults) are often manipulated into believing that the abuse is somehow their fault; into not telling at first because they don’t want to lose their relationship with someone who is important to them – and then because they don’t want harm to come to other people they love – or they don’t want to upset someone who is important to them. Pedophiles misuse their relationship of trust to have power over children and then use favors, bribes, and threats to coerce the child into keeping the abuse a secret and allowing it to continue.

What about online abuse?

Technology provides perpetrators with countless efficient and anonymous opportunities for approaching young people, for identifying youth who are more vulnerable to abuse, and for acting sexually towards children.  Studies done by the Department of Justice indicate that about 1 in 7 youth internet users have received sexual solicitations online and 9% have received distressing sexual material.

What can I do to protect my child from sexual abuse?

1)  Make SURE you know what is happening with your kids – who are the people with them? What are they doing? Where are they going?

2)  Put Safety First – ahead of embarrassment, inconvenience, offense, fame, or fortune. Take action when a child comes to you for help or when you suspect that there might be a problem. See our article about what to do when a child comes to you for help. 

3)  Make SURE kids know you CARE. Discuss the Kidpower Protection Promise with every child that you are in a position to support. Watch our 1 minute video, print out our free posters, and listen when kids come to you with their problems.

4)  Teach kids not to keep unsafe secrets. The Kidpower Safety Rule is that problems should not be a secret, any kind of touch should not be a secret, presents someone gives you should not be a secret, friendships should not be a secret, and activities or favors should not be a secret.

5)  Teach Kidpower skills for setting boundaries, recognizing and leaving an unsafe situation, resisting emotional coercion, and being persistent in getting help.

How can I prepare children with skills to stop potential perpetrators?

Kidpower teaches adults how to:

  1. Model respecting children’s boundaries about affection such as hugs and kisses and games such as tickling or roughhousing.
  1. Intervene to support the child in having those boundaries respected by family members, friends, and acquaintances.
  1. Use the Kidpower Positive Practice Method so that young people are successful in rehearsing how to set boundaries and how to get help from busy impatient adults who do not understand at first. Kidpower uses examples that are age-appropriate and relevant to our students using non-intrusive touch such as removing a hand on the shoulder – and in persisting in setting their boundaries with someone who doesn’t listen, gets upset, offers a bribe, or makes them promise not to tell.
  1. Coach children in daily life to set their boundaries and to respect the boundaries of others – and to ask for help when they need it.
How should parents talk to their children about their body? Should they use real names for their body parts? Why?

The Kidpower Safety Rules about Touch and Play are:

“Touch, games, or play for fun or affection should be: safe, the choice of each person, allowed by the adults in charge, and not a secret.”

The Kidpower Safety Rule about private areas is:

“Your private areas are the parts of your body that can be covered by a bathing suit. For play or teasing, other people should not touch your private areas, nor should they ask you to touch their private areas, nor should they show you movies or pictures about people and their private areas. For health or safety, such as if you are sick, your parents or doctor might need to touch your private areas, but it is never a secret.”

See our article: Touch and Consent in Healthy Relationships.

It is helpful to teach children the real names of their body parts and to encourage them not to feel ashamed of any part of their body. Be aware, however, that sexual abuse can happen without anyone touching the child –  using a child for sexual gratification can happen in many different ways.

Kidpower also recommends that parents and all caring adults tell their kids, “Sometimes the people who kids love have problems and sometimes their problems are so big that they hurt kids or make them feel uncomfortable. If this happens, it is NOT the child’s fault and it does not mean that anyone is a bad person. It just means that everyone needs help. The way to get help is to tell an adult you trust and keep telling until someone does something to stop the problem. It is NEVER too late to tell.”

See our article: Sometimes the people who kids love have problems: What kids need to know and DO NOT need to know.

Remember that safety is an ongoing conversation, not a one-time lesson.

Are there any myths about child sex abuse that Kidpower would like to clear up?

Yes, here are a few:

1)  If they have been abused, children do need help and support – AND they can heal. This bad experience does not have to define the rest of their lives. This is important because we want children to feel good about themselves and not blame themselves or feel ashamed because of something that happened to them.

2)  Children who push boundaries and are inappropriate sexually do need to be stopped and to learn how to be safe with their behavior and to manage their impulses – AND they are not evil. They can learn and there are many Kidpower skills that will help them respect boundaries and behave safely.

3)  Raising a child’s awareness by discussing the bad things that people might do to them does NOT make kids safer – it just makes them anxious. Instead, successful practice of safety skills helps children to feel more confident and to be more prepared to protect themselves and get help.

See our article: Our Children Do NOT Need Our Fear.

What are some warning signs that children have been abused?

About 30% of children who have been sexually abused do not show any symptoms at all. The symptoms of child abuse can also be symptoms of other problems so it is important to check things out without making assumptions. Pay attention if a child starts:

  • regressing by acting younger such as bedwetting or becoming extra clingy.
  • having unexplained redness around their genitals or mouth.
  • becoming extra anxious including having nightmares, acting whiny, or getting easily upset.
  • expressing discomfort about doing certain places, being with certain people, or doing certain things.
  • saying or doing sexual things or playing sexual games.

Kidpower recommends that parents and other caring adults ask children occasionally in a calm, matter-of-fact voice, “Is there anything you’ve been wondering or worrying about that you have not told me?” Even if the response seems trivial or funny, respond with compassion without acting upset, teasing, or lecturing – remember that children often test their adults by seeing our response to small problems before they trust us with bigger problems.

What if a parent suspects someone has been abusing their child? What should they do?

Stay calm. Get the whole story. Get professional help for your child and for yourself. Make a report to authorities. Remove this person’s access to their child. Ask questions and insist on answers.

If the situation is confusing or  unclear, you can discuss anonymously with a professional on the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

If you are looking for professional help, see this Kidpower article: Choosing the right therapist for your child or yourself.

What resources does Kidpower have to offer?

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (Kidpower) is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to providing empowering and effective child protection, positive communication, and personal safety skills for all ages and abilities. Since 1989, Kidpower has protected over 5.4 million children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, from child abuse, bullying, sexual assault, and other emotional and physical violence through our workshops, partnerships, and educational resources.

Learn more about Kidpower’s workshops, extensive online Resource Library with over 300 free articles, videos, webinars, and books. See these pages on our kidpower.org website:

Kidpower Services and Resources for Schools and Youth Organizations

Child Abuse Prevention Resources

Sexual Assault Prevention Resources

Bullying and Harassment Prevention Resources

Stranger Safety, Kidnapping and Assault Prevention, and Self Defense Resources

Resources for People Facing Prejudice

Services and Resources for People with Special Needs

RelationSafe Publications, offering low-cost engaging and comprehensive books, comics, lesson plans, curriculum, and training manuals for adults who want to teach People Safety Skills to the young people in their lives.

For example, the Kidpower Safety Comics series provides age-appropriate and entertaining and useful tools to introduce and discuss People Safety Skills with young children, youth, teens and young adults – including how to be safe with peers, known adults, and strangers.

Kidpower provides in-person and long-distance training and consultation to schools, organizations, and individuals from all over the world.

Kidpower Child Abuse Prevention Service Options

For Schools, Agencies, and Youth Organizations

What kind of service meets your needs?

We can help you tailor our resources to meet your needs for programs to prevent sexual abuse, as well as bullying, and other harmful behaviors at your school, organization, and in the community.

Contact us about options and to make a plan that works for you.

Hands-on practices & tailored skill examples taught by Kidpower Instructors

On-line resources & personalized support accessible from your location

Step-by-step instructions, lesson plans & illustrated concepts to present and practice with students

Choose from 100s of helpful & practical articles, videos, webinars, handouts, and posters

In-Person Learning
for School/Agency Professionals

Group Staff Training

Introductory group training to Kidpower methods and skills, tailored to your school’s needs.

Full 1-day staff training on Kidpower methods and skills, tailored to the needs of your school, district or agency.

Parent & Student Workshops

Focusing on Kidpower’s Child Protection approach, parents & concerned adults get answers & skills to keep their child, of any age, safer.

Classroom workshops for students with teachers and parent volunteers provide a Kidpower teaching model in action. For students of any age.

Skills for Child Protection Advocates Institute

3-day Professional Development Training with tailored learning to each participant’s specific context.

Instructor Certification & Core Program Training

A 6-day intensive training, with option of auditing as professional development or following process to obtain Kidpower certification.

“I am amazed! In just a few short staff training hours, I learned more about child protection skills with Kidpower than from any other training I have taken.”

In-Person services are mostly available in locations where we have Kidpower Instructors.

If you are far from a Kidpower Center, a traveling instructor option is also possible.

“Experiencing Kidpower directly in my classroom and seeing the curriculum taught by a Kidpower instructor was a joy. Getting clear guidance on how to practice these prevention skills with my students was key. It gave me confidence in my ability to know how to keep practicing these skills with them.”

Long-Distance Education
for School/Agency Professionals

Consulting

By phone, Skype, or email, Kidpower provides guidance & support to agency and school professionals, helping them effectively implement Kidpower’s prevention education curriculum and tailor it to each school’s or agency’s needs.

Live Coaching Calls

Specific topics and personalized answers are provided during live 1-hour group conference coaching calls. Transcripts and recordings also available afterwards.

Webinars

Professional members of our Library enjoy access to live webinars and follow-up recordings on key prevention education topics presented by Kidpower’s Founder.

On-Site Group Training
for School/Agency Professionals

CPAI-Practicing LessonsIntroductory Level Staff Training – 3 to 4 hours – Unlimited participants  

(Kidpower Comics & Teaching Books optional) 

A three- to four-hour training where teachers, counselors, yard duty & lunch-hour supervisors, childcare providers, and other professionals learn direct applications of People Safety skills relevant to their own specific work situation. Participants learn applications of skills to improve students’ People Safety skill competency as well applications to support a safe, positive learning environment. Trainings are available for professionals working with young people as well as for professionals serving adult populations.

Full 1-Day Staff Training – Unlimited participants

(Kidpower Comics & Teaching Books optional) 

Professional participants learn activities and skills they can show their students. Our goal is to build each professional participant’s confidence in their own ability to introduce, coach, and tailor core Kidpower skills independently with their own students. We offer guidance in adapting and applying skills for new or job-specific situations. Follow-up individual long-distance coaching optional.

Contact us to select the right service option that meets your needs.

On-Site Group Training
for Parents & Students

Parent-Caregiver Child Protection Workshop – 2 hours – Unlimited participants

Adults learn how to use the Kidpower Child Protection approach for keeping their kids safe and for helping their children learn and develop age-appropriate People Safety skills. Your class can focus on any age range, infancy to teen. Participants practice ways to foster the skills through upbeat, experiential practice without using fear as a motivator.

Classroom Workshops for Students

Using the Kidpower Teaching Books in Lessons (Image in Classroom)

Students practicing setting a boundary with calm respect.

Short classroom workshops are a great opportunity to see Kidpower taught in action by an experienced Kidpower Instructor. Classroom workshops are a wonderful way to work on a variety of goals that support school implementation of prevention education and positive learning environments. We can teach skills directly to students, involve and introduce available volunteer parents to Kidpower methods, support the classroom teacher and other school professionals with guidance towards continued use of Kidpower skills & methods after the workshop.

Classroom workshops can be as short as 1-hour and can be provided at grade-level for K-12 or at the college level.

These workshops are quickly and easily adaptable to classrooms of students with special needs.

Contact us to select the right service option that meets your needs.

Consulting

Using phone, video-calling and/or email, Kidpower’s Founder and Executive Director, Irene van der Zande, provides guidance on prevention education methods and topics, dealing with common problems, or by providing step-by-step instructions for dealing with specific situations or issues. Consulting helps professionals tailor Kidpower’s prevention education curriculum to fit their specific needs or those of their school or agency.

Many schools and individuals call on Kidpower for consulting when something upsetting or an emergency has happened in their school or community. We can provide support and specific language on how to address stressful or worrisome incidents in a positive and skill-building way. We often provide specific language on what to say as well as how to say it. This helps everyone involved decrease fear and anxiety and increase confidence and competence.

If training is not a practical option, consulting can be a great alternative. 1-hour of consulting is included in our Professional membership.

Contact us to select the right service option that meets your needs.

Professional Development Training

Kidpower’s Child Protection Advocates Training Institute offers a unique opportunity for adults to learn to use Kidpower’s prevention, advocacy, intervention, and personal safety strategies and skills to take charge of the safety and well-being of the children and teens in their personal and professional lives.

Our 2018 Summer Institute in California this past August had participants from around the world! Dates for Summer 2019 will be announced in January.  Contact Kidpower to inquire about organizing this unique and powerful child safety leadership training for your school, organization, or members of your community!

Kidpower Core Program and Instructor Training — We are now accepting applications for our next annual Kidpower Core Program Training: How to Use the Positive Practice Method to Teach People Safety Skills to Children and Their Adults. This training is held in January in Santa Cruz, CA and includes hands-on opportunities to work with students using Kidpower curriculum and with full support from training staff.

Our Teenpower/Fullpower Core Program Training for Teens and Adults, including People with Special Needs is held every two years, usually in April. The next opportunity is in 2020. This program is primarily for people who want to become certified as Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International instructors and also for people who want to audit the program to use in their personal and professional lives without becoming certified.

Contact us to tailor professional development and staff training services to your needs.

Traveling Instructors

Kidpower instructors lead comprehensive learning experiences with skill, compassion, and humor. If you live far from a Kidpower Center where we have certified instructors, but want to bring training to your location, please contact us! We look forward to exploring what arrangement could work for your group and for Kidpower.

“After a scary incident occurred in our community, getting personalized guidance on how to address this situation with our students, our parents and our staff made it possible for us to dramatically reduce anxiety for everyone and provide positive practices to our students that built-up their safety competency.”

Curriculum Books for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
for School/Agency Professionals

You can click the links below to go straight to a more detailed description of each of these curriculum and lesson books with purchase options.  We can provide discounts for large orders.

Curriculum Teaching Books Front Covers

Curriculum Teaching Books

Kidpower and Teenpower/Fullpower Curriculum Teaching Books provide lesson plans and illustrated social stories for teaching groups of students in classes, recreational programs, and families.

15 Group Lessons Book Front Cover

15 Group Lessons

Prepare children to take charge of their emotional and physical safety with peers, acquaintances and strangers with these 15 ‘People Safety’ Group Lessons, with cartoon illustrations.

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10 People Safety Assignments

10 short, cartoon-illustrated assignments that can be used in a classroom, youth group, or family to introduce and reinforce key Kidpower “People Safety” Skills in English and Spanish.

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Kidpower Safety Comics Series

Our cartoon-illustrated Safety Comic Book series for younger and older children, teens and young adults with disabilities, are engaging resources for teaching how to be aware, move away from trouble, set boundaries, and get help.

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The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults

This inspiring, comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s 26+ years of experience at the fingertips of parents, educators, and all adults who care about protecting children and teens.

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One Strong Move: Cartoon-illustrated Self-Defense Lessons

This cartoon-illustrated book provides important self-defense lessons showing how to avoid and escape from an attack for adults and teens and for use by adults in teaching children.

Doing Right by Our Kids is a field guide for practicing courage. It will arm you with the knowledge and skills you need to know when, why, and how to act to protect your kids.”

— Dan Heath, New York Times Bestselling Author

A groundbreaking new book about Protecting Child Safety at All Levels by internationally-recognized child safety education experts, Amy Tiemann, PhD and Irene van der Zande.

For even more educational publications from Kidpower, see our complete RelationSafe™ Books Listings – including publications in Spanish and bi-lingual English/Spanish editions.

“The simple language and great teaching directions in Kidpower Books allows us to use them easily with our students with special needs of all ages and abilities. They love them and keep asking for more.”

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