The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, in collaboration with the Enough Abuse Campaign, is committed to supporting Early Childhood Educators in promoting healthy development and protecting children from sexual abuse. We have designed several tools to support these efforts.
BARCC is excited to be able to publish Research Brief: Survey of Massachusetts Early Educators on Responding to Children’s Sexual Behaviors by Prof. Anne Douglass. In this research brief, Prof Douglass summarizes the findings from a survey of educators of children 2-5 in Massachussetts. Her findings include that 71% of those surveyed reported observing a child engaging in sexual behaviors in the classroom and 85% reported that training on these topics would be helpful.
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, The Enough Abuse Campaign, and Anne Douglass, PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, have collaborated to produce this training and Manual for Trainers for the training.
The training is for Early Childhood Educators who work with children ages 0 to 5. The goal of the training is to demonstrate a model for responding to sexual behaviors to promote healthy child development and prevent child sexual abuse. The training draws upon the latest research on child sexual abuse prevention to provide new information and strategies about how to increase early education professionals’ skills and confidence in responding proactively to issues of sexual development and sexual abuse. The training is structured to facilitate practical application of the “take home messages.” It utilizes adult learning principles to engage participants, build upon prior knowledge, and gives participants practice translating new skills and knowledge to their own work. The training includes the use of PowerPoint with photos and other visual aids. Participants engage in active learning techniques throughout the training, which includes small group problem-solving with scenarios, large group discussion, and group activities.
All training materials are available in English and Spanish.
The training manual is intended as a guide to allow an experienced trainer to deliver the training. It includes detailed descriptions of each activity including: the purpose of the activity, learning objectives, preparing to lead the activity, and detailed instructions, including some scripts, on how to lead the activity.