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Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

January 2022 marks the launch of the new Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for College members. This new government-mandated 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.

Protecting Children. Our comprehensive Sexual Abuse Prevention Program supports RECEs’ responsibility for creating and ensuring safe and caring environments where Ontario children can learn, thrive and have the best start in life. This new program supports our members’ dedication to the personal safety, health, and well-being of all children and empowers them with proactive approaches to help prevent child sexual abuse before it occurs.

Education. Throughout the year, RECEs will have opportunities to expand their knowledge with current information on child sexual abuse and prevention. In July, online education and practical tools will be launched in partnership with the Canadian Center for Child Protection, an organization dedicated to reducing sexual abuse and exploitation of children through programs, services, and resources. The flexible online learning modules are available any time at no cost to members, in English and French. This mandatory member education will be part of the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program.

We understand this is a sensitive topic that may resonate with many people on a personal level. The College wants to provide advance notice of this requirement, giving members time to prepare in a way that is best for them. Considerations have been built into the training content and structure to support various learner needs. Throughout the coming months, the College will share additional information to help prepare and support learners who have questions.

CPL Changes. The start of the 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.

Keep Up to Date. Sexual Abuse Prevention Program details will be unveiled monthly in preparation for the online training launching in July. Get the latest program news by:

  1. Reading this website page regularly along with your Connexions newsletter,
  2. Participating in webinars (see details below);
  3. Following the College on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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.

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What’s New

Know the Facts About Child Sexual Abuse

This month, we look at facts related to child sexual abuse. By knowing and understanding the facts, you can dispel common myths associated with the abuse. Take a few moments to review the information. Consider reviewing the facts during your next staff meeting, to help others expand their prevention knowledge. 

In Case You Missed It

Introduction Webinar: Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

The College hosted a 60-minute webinar focused on the new Sexual Abuse Prevention Program that is available for viewing any time. 

We encourage you to share the webinar with your colleagues, management, and administration. Consider watching the webinar with a colleague or view during a staff meeting with a discussion afterward.

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