Abuse Prevention Education

The expectations of the International Task Force for Child Protection state that schools shall have in place formal learning programs throughout the school experience related to child protection. The same learning objectives that help reduce the risk of abuse may also prevent the development of abusive behaviors.

Abuse prevention curriculum should cover developmentally appropriate topics such as personal rights, body autonomy, boundaries, and consent, identification of trusted adults, online safety and digital literacy, healthy relationships, healthy sexual behavior, staying safe away from home, commercial exploitation, and support for disclosing abuse through research-supported methods of instruction using anatomically correct language.