KidSafe Foundation Provides Cutting-Edge Sexual Abuse Prevention Training to PBC Health Care District School Nurses with Major Grant from Quantum Foundation
Boca Raton, FL— KidSafe Foundation (www.kidsafefoundation.org), with the help of a generous grant from Quantum Foundation, provided over 300 Palm Beach County School Nurses with an intensive 2-hour sexual abuse prevention training seminar, using their award winning children’s safety book – “My Body is Special and Belongs to ME!”
KidSafe’s grant from the Quantum Foundation trained School Nurses to increase their knowledge of childhood sexual abuse; Provide understanding of mandatory reporting procedures; symptoms/characteristics of an abused child; recognizing disclosure and response to disclosure; implementation of Prevention Policy in child serving organizations; integration of KidSafe “Language of Safety” and how to apply prevention methods in their organizations. The goal is for each organization to create a new standard and culture of safety for children as a top priority.
“As a physician who is new to the area, I contacted KidSafe Foundation to ask if I could attend their Sexual Abuse Prevention Training to PBC School Nurses. It was truly a life-changing experience,” said Heidi Shaeffer, MD.: “Despite many years of medical education, I realized I had not been adequately informed about the epidemic of sexual abuse and what I could do as a doctor to help diagnose and treat these children. I applaud Quantum Foundation for funding one of the most crucial trainings I have ever attended. I will not only use what I learned from Cheri Benjoseph’s presentation, but I plan to pass the information on and become an ambassador for KidSafe Foundation’s mission as an active Board member.”
“Our county’s school nurses are the frontline troops working to care for our children,” said Quantum Foundation’s Senior Program Officer, Randy Scheid. “Equipping them to recognize and deal with the childhood trauma caused by abuse is essential, especially when we, as a healthcare foundation, know that early intervention in these cases prevents a plethora of unhealthy outcomes later in life.”
“We want to thank Quantum Foundation for recognizing the importance of Sexual Abuse Prevention training to health care professionals, especially school nurses who can be one of the first lines of protection in a child’s safety,” said Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW and co-founder of KidSafe Foundation.