Keeping Our Children Safe from Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
Child Sexual Abuse
With national studies finding 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18, Kristi House remains dedicated to child sexual abuse prevention training and education in its mission focused exclusively on child sexual abuse. We deliver best practice programs for schools, community groups, corporations and faith-based organizations, with different curricula specifically geared for children, parents and providers.
Human Trafficking – Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
In addition, since 2007 Kristi House has grown its practice and training to address a previously overlooked form of child sexual abuse, the commercial sexual exploitation of children. With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, we have trained more than 6,600 service providers and other professionals in more than 250 agencies and organizations in South Florida and nationwide in addressing CSEC, and have provided sessions at several dozen major conferences.
PREVENTION EDUCATION & TRAINING PROGRAMS
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
- Safe Child Program, PreK–Grade 3/Ages 3-9 (30 minutes per day for one week)
The Safe Child Program is a comprehensive personal safety training program for young children developed by Sherryll Kraizer, Ph.D. Safe Child is a Miami-Dade County Public Schools-approved curriculum that combines a developmentally appropriate series of videotapes, classroom role-playing and discussions. It presents safety skills in a positive, non-explicit and non-threatening manner to reduce children’s vulnerability without raising their anxiety. In nearly a decade of evaluation, the Safe Child Program has demonstrated that it reduces children’s risk of abuse and enhances their personal safety and competence.
- Online Safety, Grades 4-5/Ages 9-11 (1.5-hour program, from The NetSmartz Workshop)
This interactive, educational program developed by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. Safety skills include teaching youth how to protect personal information, what to do about online harassment, how to recognize potential Internet risks, how to prevent themselves from being exploited and how to report victimization to a trusted adult.
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation Safety, Grades 6-8/Ages 11-14 (1.5-hour program)
This awareness-raising program for middle school students discusses what commercial sexual exploitation is, who it happens to and how. Society’s glamorization of prostitution and pornography is explored along with perceptions of self and others. Resources for kids at risk or involved “in the life” are provided. Materials from the CSEC Community Intervention Program developed by the U.S. Department of Justice and leading U.S. CSEC programs.
PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS
- Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for Parents & Caregivers as well as service providers and other professionals (3-hour program).
This program provides parents and caregivers background, information and tips for keeping children safe. Using videos, workbook activities and discussion, this nationally recognized, best practice program teaches parents and caregivers how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. How to talk to your child about safety and seven basic precautions parents can take are covered. Parents leave aware, enlightened and empowered, not overcome with fear. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Stewards of Children has been shown effective for increasing and/or improving participants’ knowledge, attitudes and behavior over the long-term. Kristi House educators are certified trainers in this program developed by the Darkness to Light organization.
Download Curriculum Outline for Stewards of Children Course (PDF)
- Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Child Sexual Abuse (2-hour program).
Using a combination of video, presentations and discussion, this program covers what sexual abuse is, who sexual abusers are, how it happens, what the signs and symptoms are, what the long-term consequences are for the abused child and greater society and what steps parents and caregivers can take to prevent it. Curriculum developed by the Child Sexual Abuse Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, funded by SAMHSA.
PROGRAMS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Training –
(3-hour, “CSEC 101″ training is geared for staff and volunteers of child-serving organizations and programs)
This workshop provides a basic overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), the extent of the problem and the impact this type of trauma has on children. It will also include tips for identifying and engaging victims and discussion of services victims need for healing and reintegration into mainstream society. The material is offered in lecture form through a PowerPoint presentation and videos. Group participation is encouraged. Participants will examine the following topics:
- What is the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – Language and Sensitivity
- CSEC Related Issues: Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation of Children, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking
- CSEC Risk Factors
- Pathways to Entry
- Addressing Demand
- Identification of CSEC Victims
- Impact of CSEC and Needs of Victims
- Tips for service provision (customized for audience)
- (This training is also appropriate for parents/caregivers.)
Download Curriculum Outline for CSEC Course (PDF)
- CSEC Community Intervention Program (3-day intensive program that trains providers to be within-agency trainers)
This three-day training was developed with a U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant by U.S. leading organizations addressing the issue of CSEC—GEMS, Polaris Project, Salvation Army and Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition. It is a “Train the Trainer” model, which allows an entire agency or community to come together around this issue and create sustainability when we leave because they will then have their own trainers. The State of Florida through the Department of Children and Families has approved this training to begin implementation of the Florida Safe Harbor Act with the Project GOLD shelter serving as the testbed and model. Kristi House specialists have delivered it to four Florida communities, and other communities outside of Florida.
- Childhood Trauma Training for Non-clinicians (3-hour training for those working around and with children who have suffered trauma but not delivering counseling or mental health services.)
Child traumatic stress refers to the physical and emotional responses of a child to events that threaten the life of the child or of someone critically important to the child. Students preparing to become social workers, teachers, counselors and or plan to work with children in other ways are invited to participate in this informative, interactive education program about trauma-informed care and what it means for the health and well-being of children. This educational program was developed and tested in collaboration with FIU College of Education and based on materials from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Download Curriculum Outline for Childhood Traumatic Stress Course (PDF)
- Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior (3-hour training for service providers, parents/caregivers)
Some sexual play between young children close in age, such as playing doctor or looking at private parts, is considered normal. However, some children display intrusive, aggressive or coercive sexual behaviors. This is inappropriate and potentially harmful to these children and their peers. Any child can be affected. Both boys and girls might display sexual behavior problems and sexual abuse isn’t necessarily a factor. Recognizing and responding to sexual behavior problems is important since research suggests a quarter to half of child sexual abuse involves children acting out on other children. We know sexual abuse is devastating for the victim, and, if unchecked, leads to a life of perpetrating for the child exhibiting abusive behavior. This program will provide participants with an understanding of sexual behavior problems versus normal sexual development, and ways to respond.
Download Curriculum Outline for Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior Course (PDF)
Contact Dawn Thompson for fee schedule. All training prices include speaker fee, local travel, and all materials for 25 participants.