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February 2019Vol. 20, No. 1Sex Abuse Prevention Program for Children Added to Child Welfare Evidence-Based Registry

A sexual abuse prevention program to help teach children ages 5 through 8 about their personal boundaries and "safe touches" has been added to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

The Safe Touches program trains facilitators to use special puppets in a classroom setting to teach children about the concept of body safety and personal boundaries. Sessions are 40 to 50 minutes each, with a question-and-answer period at the end. Children are given an age-appropriate workbook on body safety to complete with their caregivers at home.

In addition to preventing child sexual abuse, the goals of the program include helping children to differentiate between safe and unsafe touches, how to respond when they feel unsafe or confused, and how to identify safe adults they can go to when they feel unsafe.

Find out more about Safe Touches at