Best Practices

Child Abuse: Prevention and Response

Take a look at our favorite resources on preventing and responding to child abuse, collected and reviewed by CIRCLE. Experienced Adventist educators sift the ever expanding array of online resources for those of best value for Adventist teachers, administrators and support staff, curating lists for quick and easy use by busy educators anywhere, anytime. 

Making a Difference – Preventing and Dealing with Child Abuse
Learn how to help with the global child abuse problem. Sections including recognizing the forms of child abuse, protecting the Adventist school campus, putting integrity first, corporal punishment, creating a child abuse awareness culture, doing background checks, and shielding the vulnerable.

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Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse
Clear, concise guidelines for teachers and principals on how to prevent and report abuse of students.

Reducing the Risk – Keeping Your Ministry Safe from Child Sexual Abuse
Christianity Today has created a resource that helps churches and ministries properly screen, train, and oversee people who work with children. The DVD-based training kit includes a training DVD for churches, a leader’s guide, trainee workbooks, screening forms, and record files.

This charming tale for young children teaches the importance of not keeping secrets from parents, models appropriate parental responses, and just as important, it teaches children to identify the behavior of predators – all without actually mentioning molestation or frightening children.

Child Welfare
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

NAD State-by-State Child Abuse Reporting
Teachers in the United States can access child abuse reporting forms and procedures for all 50 states from this NAD Education webpage.

TeensHealth – Abuse
This teen health page explains what abuse is, how to identify and stop it, why it happens, and what the effects of abuse are. Types of abuse discussed include physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect.

Amazing Grace – A Different Perspective
Shander gives suggestions on how to protect children from molestation and ways to prevent it from happening.

Sexual Abuse and Harassment – Topics We Must Talk About
Sexual abuse and harassment prevention begins with establishing dialogue, policies, and procedures while simultaneously creating a body of informed and alert teachers, administrators, students, pastors, and church members – from preschool to graduate school.  

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse prevention curricula designed for use in a Christian education setting. Thirteen sessions draw on excellent secular materials and the Bible, emphasizing God’s caring and a supportive community.

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