Every child has the right to live in an environment free from abuse and neglect. The safety of children is a societal responsibility and educators play a unique role in this child protection effort.
Teachers, school counselors, coaches have access and opportunity to spot key identifiers and notice, even the smallest, changes in normal behavior. School personnel are responsible for identifying 52% of all identified child abuse cases classified as causing harm to the child, more than any other profession, including child protective services and the police.
Proper training on sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking for both faculty and students in K-12 will be critical to prevention and identification of abuse. This is why kNot Today is focused on providing easy access to programming, funding and supporting tools to public schools across Indiana to ensure every student has the opportunity to be educated on this issue.
We have put together a series of resources on how a school can prevent and protect kids from trafficking, exploitation, and sexual abuse.
Take our short self-assessment to see if you’re on the right track to providing evidence-based education in your school!