Abuse Prevention Education

The expectations of the International Task Force for Child Protection state that schools shall have in place formal learning programmes 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 behaviours.

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