child abuse prevention task force holds community forum in athol
keeping our children safe from sexual abuse
With the right skills, tools, and knowledge, every parent, caregiver, and child- and youth-serving organization can keep children safe.
From educating and empowering children and parents, to informing and engaging the legislature, community leaders, and all youth-serving organizations, the Children’s Trust has been working for decades to protect children from sexual abuse.
Recently we have been co-chairing the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, along with the Office of the Child Advocate. This statewide, multi-agency collaboration just released a comprehensive report with recommendations, available here.
Ensuring that Youth Serving Organizations have the knowledge, tools, and incentives to prevent child sexual abuse is the responsibility of all who care for the children of the Commonwealth. This report is the first step in opening a dialogue and taking actions that will provide all children with safe places to grow.
The Children’s Trust has produced a how-to manual for educators on creating safe school environments, "Steps Toward Child Abuse Prevention & Creating Safe School Environments,” now in its third edition. We have also developed trainings for staff members of child-serving organizations as well as parents, to provide the tools, understanding, and guidance needed to empower our children and protect them from harm.
Learn more about our work to prevent child sexual abuse here.