Executive Summary – Steps Toward Child Abuse Prevention & Creating Safe School Environments (2024)

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Executive Summary – Steps Toward Child Abuse Prevention & Creating Safe School Environments (2024)

The Massachusetts Children’s Trust and the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse are pleased to announce the release of the fourth edition of the safety manual “Steps Toward Child Abuse Prevention & Creating Safe School Environments (2024).”

The Manual has been updated and revised every few years to ensure that it remains current and reflects the latest information and guidance on creating, evaluating, and sustaining policies, procedures, and protocols for the proactive prevention of child maltreatment and child sexual abuse in Massachusetts schools. In addition to describing the major elements of prevention, the latest version includes current research on best practices, links to updated training resources and guidance documents, current DCF policies on mandated reporting, an expanded section on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, a new section on children and youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB), and links to free prevention resources and tools on the Safe Kids Thrive website.

Educators and others can access and explore the Manual via the Executive Summary that provides links to its major sections, as well as the option to connect to the Manual in its entirety.  It is our hope that this new resource and guidance will provide the tools to help build the strongest possible abuse prevention frameworks for the safety and protection of the students in our care.