In 2013 a Child Abuse Prevention Taskforce was created in Arkansas and this taskforce determined that there is a great need for prevention education in our schools. The taskforce ultimately recommended the Empower Me! curriculum be implemented in all of our Arkansas Elementary Schools. The goal of this prevention education is to:
- Teach body safety education to children K-6
- Encourage confidence in children to reach out to caregivers or authorities with their concerns
- Train teachers and school staff in how to recognize, react and respond appropriately to a disclosure of child maltreatment
- Provide parents and caregivers information on warning signs, plus any needed assistance, referrals or resources to support victims and their families
Empower Me! is a threefold program. The Empower Me! curriculum is intended for K-6th grade children. Part two is training the school staff on recognizing, reacting and responding to child maltreatment and the third component is to educate parents and caregivers.
The CSC trains Elementary School Counselors in the curriculum and they introduce the material to the children.
The curriculum with the children can be done in one session or broken up, depending on the age and attention span of the children. In total it could take between 40 and 60 minutes. The trainings with adults can be completed in 60-90 minutes. The length can be tailored to a specific group or audience.
This training is available by request at your school or can be held at the Children’s Safety Center based on number of participants.