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Sexual Abuse Prevention Program FAQs

Why is the College introducing a sexual abuse prevention program now?
The new Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for College members is launching in 2022, as mandated by the provincial government. The new program builds on the skills and knowledge registered early childhood educators (RECEs) already have in this area and provides an opportunity to reinforce the position of trust they have with families and their community in terms of child protection.
How will RECEs receive sexual abuse prevention education?

The College has established a thorough and engaging sexual abuse prevention program for RECEs. Below highlights key elements of the education program.

  • Online, Interactive Education: Starting summer 2022, the College will offer online member education in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), a national charity dedicated to the safety of children. The goal of the educational program is to expand RECE knowledge with practical information to help enhance child safety.
  • Webinars: In early 2022, the College will host webinars to give members an opportunity to hear more about the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program and ask questions directly to those developing and managing it.
  • Continuous Professional Learning (CPL): The launch of the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program also marks changes to the College’s CPL program. In spring 2022, a new simplified CPL portfolio approach will be unveiled. Information will be shared once approved by Council.
  • Ongoing Communications: Throughout 2022, the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program will be featured in the Connexions and Employer newsletters and on the College’s website.
Describe the online member education program.

The online learning includes two modules: Commit to Kids and Teatree Tells, developed by the Center for Child Protection, along with resources developed by the College specific to the practice of early childhood education in Ontario. The educational program will build on the skills and knowledge RECEs already have in sexual abuse prevention and equip them to apply it in their work. The program will be available in summer 2022. The College will provide sexual abuse prevention educational materials on a monthly basis leading up to the online education.

Will the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program cost money?

There is no fee associated with the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. RECEs will be able to access the program free of charge and online. More information will be shared in the coming months in our Connexions newsletter and website.

How does the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program fit into CPL?
The Sexual Abuse Prevention Program will be part of the College’s Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program. In Spring 2022, information about the revised CPL program, including the new simplified CPL portfolio, will be shared with RECEs.
When do the simplified CPL portfolio changes come into effect?

The CPL program remains the same until the College communicates the revised program requirements and how it applies to members as the College rolls it out. More information will be shared in Spring 2022 in our Connexions newsletter and on our website.

Where will I be able to access the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program and when is the deadline to complete it?

The College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program will be accessible online through My College Account on the College’s website as of July 2022. More details on completing the program will be made available in Spring 2022. All information will be shared via our Connexions newsletter and website pages dedicated to the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program.

I’m registered with the Ontario College of Teachers and they have also launched a mandatory Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. Will I have to complete both sexual abuse prevention programs?

While there will be some similarities between the Ontario College of Teachers’ Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (i.e., Commit to Kids), the College’s program will also include an online module called Teatree Tells, along with resources developed by the College specific to the practice of early childhood education in Ontario. 

More information for RECEs, who are also registered with the College of Teachers, will be provided in the months prior to the program launch for members. 

Will the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program require me to talk to children about sexual abuse prevention?

One component of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program includes a module called Teatree Tells which provides activities, lessons and resources to engage with children. The College is providing access to Teatree Tells so that RECEs are equipped to have these types of conversations when necessary. The decision to implement any of the activities or lessons into programming will be determined by child care and early years organizations, guided by How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years

I don’t currently work with children in my role, how will I be able to complete the Teatree Tells module?

Teatree Tells is on online module that takes around 20 minutes to complete. Although the series comes with resources and lessons to engage with children, the requirement will be to complete the online module. The information shared in the module will be applicable to all RECEs, regardless of role or employment status, as it emphasizes the importance of personal safety education for children.

Will refresher courses be mandated over the years?

The College does not view the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program as a single learning experience for RECEs. Once this initial program rolls out, the College will be able to determine the needs of the membership and there may be additional resources developed to support the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program.

Will the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program online learning be made available to other child care staff working with RECEs?

Only RECEs will have access to the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program designed by the College of Early Childhood Educators for member education. Employers, municipalities and other organizations can reach out to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for information on accessing their sexual abuse prevention resources.  

A recorded introductory webinar and other information is available to the public on the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program webpage here 

Will parents and families be made aware of the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program that is mandatory for RECEs?

The College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program is public knowledge. While the online member education will only be accessible by RECEs via My College Account on our website, information about the program will be available publicly. The decision to share information with parents and families will be determined by child care and early years organizations and will not be moderated by the College.