Sometimes parents, grandparents, and others who take care of young children are initially afraid to talk with them about abuse and assault. They worry they might say the wrong thing. They worry they may frighten their children.
We think it doesn’t hurt to be a little cautious. We need to talk with our children about difficult issues like abuse, but it’s important to do it right. With the help of CAP, we believe doing it right is not that hard.
In partnership with Newton schools, the Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) brings workshops to elementary school children that teach simple strategies to reduce their vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault and violence. CAP also provides information to parents and teachers that gives them the language to talk to children in a way that works for children and adults alike.
In so many cases, there’s something simple and effective a child can do to handle a situation on their own, or something they can do to get help. For example:
Through age-appropriate, skill-oriented CAP classroom workshops, children learn and are encouraged to use practical skills to become confident in their own problem-solving abilities, strengthening their capacity to recognize and respond to uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations. CAP teaches children the importance of assertiveness, peer support and turning to trusted adults for assistance. Teaching that everyone has the right to be Safe, Strong and Free, CAP guides children step-by-step from fear to confidence by means of non-threatening language and active participation in role play.
Community education presentations are available to parents in every Newton elementary school, as well as other adult groups upon request.
Newton CAP, a branch of a national program, follows a community-based approach. CAP’s trained and supervised volunteers include retired teachers, concerned parents, experienced social workers interested in prevention, as well as caring community members interested in empowering children. The CAP volunteers, managing home and professional schedules, all generously invest their personal time in delivering every CAP workshop.
CAP is always looking for volunteers. A new training class will begin in January 2013. We ask for a one year commitment of 4-6 hours each month through the end of May. Contact Claire Kashuck or refer to the Volunteer Description to learn more about how CAP volunteering can be right for you.