Our mission is to provide preventive education to children and adults, empowering them with skills that create a safe society free from sexual abuse, bullying, and internet exploitation.
KidSafe Foundation. Founded in 2009 as a 501c3 nonprofit to protect children from child sexual abuse, bullying and internet exploitation through comprehensive education to children, parents, educators, and professionals. With incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation on the rise, we were intent on creating a meaningful practical method of prevention where none existed. KidSafe programs empowers children by giving them a strong voice with which to defend themselves, and teaches the parents, teachers, and the professionals in their lives how to keep them safe. KidSafe’s educational programs create a first line of defense to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation. Cofounders, Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, developed the KidSafe curriculum. Both are recognized child safety experts, mental health professionals, educators, authors, public speakers, and moms with over 50 years of combined experience. KidSafe’s educational philosophy is backed by years of safety instruction, best practices and up to date research.
1.“KidSafe for Kids” –an 8-week curriculum designed for children in grades PreK4 – 5th grade. Children learn important safety skills through fun not fear, using developmentally appropriate techniques such as role play, song, art, discussion and the foundation’s two award winning children’s books; “My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!” and “Jack Teaches his Friends to be KidSafe!” (books available in English, Spanish & Creole)
2.KidSafe Parent Seminars – increase awareness, deliver knowledge and provide skills to parents to keep kids safe, educate about; red flag behaviors of adults, recognize red flag behaviors of children in need, reporting procedures, strategies for communication with children and teach the KidSafe Language of Safety. This seminar provides the tools to talk to children about sensitive topics in a comfortable natural manner.
3.KidSafe Teacher Workshop- Online Training -how to recognize children at risk for abuse, professional protocol, exact mandated reporting procedures and how to respond to disclosure. KidSafe educates on how to reinforce the use of KidSafe Prevention skills at school, and much more. This professional development seminar empowers teachers with awareness and skills which can be integrated into their everyday classroom management to best keep children safe.
Research strongly demonstrates that school-based education is key to successfully training children, parents, educators, school staff and professionals about sexual abuse prevention and protection. KidSafe’s active and interactive education techniques are highly effective in empowering children that they have the right to be safe, how to use their voice to keep themselves safe and how to access help when needed from a trusted adult. Most teachers and administrators lack formal training in recognizing, responding and reporting child sexual abuse. KidSafe education has life-long impact, stretching over entire careers, and protecting thousands of children from abuse. The education we provide empowers educators and other professionals to assume their roles as advocates, prevention specialists, and mandatory reporters