In the notebook:
- 6 Weekly Themes
- Home Links and Family Letter
- Weekly Theme DVD
- Safety Songs CD
- Ways to Stay Safe and Safety Rules Posters
- 10 rule cards
Online when you register your notebook:
- Stream lesson media direct to your learning environment—online access to Weekly Theme photos, songs, and videos in English or Spanish is included with purchase
- Staff training
- Family materials to email home
- Supplemental Weekly Theme resources
Please note: Early Learning lessons use the Second Step® puppets—Boy and Girl—which aren’t included in the Child Protection Unit. If you don’t have Boy and Girl, you can purchase them separately, or substitute your own puppets.
Weekly Theme Topics
- General Safety Rules
- Ways to Stay Safe
- Always Ask First
- Touching Safety
- Never Keep Secrets
- Reviewing Safety Skills
Early Learning daily activities each take 5–7 minutes.
Second Step® Child Protection Unit Early Learning Scope & Sequence
Child Protection Unit (PDF)
Although talking to kids about sexual abuse is one of the best ways to prevent it, parents may not know how to begin the conversation or what to say. That’s why we created videos and articles with facts about child sexual abuse and tips for
getting the conversation started. And the best part is they’re free to everyone.
Child Protection Resources for Families: Sexual Abuse Prevention
For families with students being taught the Child Protection Unit lessons, family letters help explain the program and adults’ role in child protection. Take-home activities further reinforce skills and encourage family discussions.
The Child Protection Unit truly starts with training for all staff, with the following online training modules.
Policies and Procedures (75–90 minutes)
- Assessing current child protection policies, procedures, and practices
- Beginning to develop a child protection strategy
All Staff Training (75–90 minutes)
- Recognizing indicators of abuse or neglect
- Responding in a supportive way
- Reporting abuse or violations of school policies
Teach the Lessons (45–60 minutes)
- Teaching student lessons
- Discussing unsafe or sexually abusive situations with confidence
- Engaging families
View a sample scenario from the all-staff training, Module 2
Tools to make a difference, for the people who can
Taking a holistic approach to child safety, the unit provides materials and three modules of online training for administrators and all staff members.
Easy-to-follow, scripted lessons teach children personal safety skills using clear, rules-based, and age-appropriate instruction, giving kids the know-how and avenues to disclose abuse.
The Child Protection Unit extends support to a student’s home, with materials that keep parents informed and videos that help them talk with their kids about personal safety.
We’re 35-year veterans in the field of child abuse prevention, and we’ve partnered with leading experts in the field. We’ve also taken our research and we’ve learned about best practices from our Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum and applied the best of it to the development of the Child Protection Unit.
Child Protection Unit Consultants and Advisors
David Finkelhor, PhD
Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center
- Keith Kaufman, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, Portland State University
- Anthony Rizzuto, PhD
Child Abuse Prevention Consultant
- Charol Shakeshaft, PhD
Professor, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
- DeAnn Yamamoto
Deputy Executive Director, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center