Sexual Abuse Prevention Program
RECEs are dedicated to creating and ensuring safe and caring environments where Ontario children can learn, thrive and have the best start in life. The new Sexual Abuse Prevention Program supports our members’ commitment to the personal safety, health, and well-being of all children and empowers them with proactive approaches to help prevent child sexual abuse. While this subject matter can be challenging, the program includes resources to support members, so they can expand their understanding of child sexual abuse, how to recognize behaviours of concern and learn prevention strategies.
Member Online Education Launches in July: As part of the revised Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) Program, the member education portion of the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program will be available any time at no cost to members, in English and French. The flexible online learning modules and practical tools are presented in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), an organization dedicated to reducing sexual abuse and exploitation of children through programs, services, and resources.
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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Caring for Self and Others
The purpose of the Caring for Self and Others resource is to provide RECEs with information about how to prepare and care for themselves, and possibly other RECEs, before and as they engage with the program content. This resource also includes ways to find professional help for additional support.
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.