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Safe Touches Workshops in Bronx Schools

October 7th, 2013 marked the launch of The NYSPCC's special project to offer our Safe Touches child sexual abuse prevention workshop to all K-3rd grade Bronx public school students over the next four years.  In little more than two weeks, The NYSPCC has already reached over 100 children.  There are 157 Safe Touches workshops scheduled for the fall semester, and we expect to educate approximately 7,000 children by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  In addition to the Safe Touches workshops for children, The NYSPCC's clinicians are also training parents and school faculty on how to recognize signs of child sexual abuse, talk to children about safety tips, and respond to children who disclose abuse.  The NYSPCC is committed to providing this lifesaving education to as many children in our communities as possible.  For more information on The NYSPCC's child sexual abuse prevention workshops, please contact The NYSPCC's Director of the Training Institute, Natalie Wright-Umoh, LMSW, at 212.233.5500 x.223 or

NIH Grant for Safe Touches Research

The NYSPCC's child sexual abuse prevention program, Safe Touches: Personal Safety Training for Children, is the only one in New York City designed to reach children ages 5-8 in the public school system. To help determine whether children retain the knowledge and self-protective skills taught in the workshop, The NYSPCC has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a rigorous evaluation of Safe Touches. Partnering with the NIH will enable The NYSPCC to generate and disseminate robust evidence about the Safe Touches program, contribute to the child welfare field's knowledge base of evidence-informed programs, and identify effective strategies that prevent child sexual abuse. We are honored to work with such a prestigious organization.


The NYSPCC now offers training on identifying and report child abuse and maltreatment in a convenient web-based format. You may take this course  to satisfy this component of the New York State professional licensing process. All course materials are online and downloadable for off-ine study. Registration for the course, and electronic payment of the $30.00 course fee, gives the registrant access to an on-line test based on the contents of the course materials. Upon successful completion of the test, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which they may submit, along with other required documentation, for their New York State licensure. To register or for more information about the web-based training, please click the link below.



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PIX 11 Morning News - "April is Child Abuse Prevention Month"

HUFFPOST Living - "Child Abuse:  See Something?  Hear Something?  Please, Say Something!"

HUFFPOST Living - "How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse" - "Parenting Stress:  7 Ways to take a Breather"

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - "Help Prevent Child Abuse:  Text in Your Donation"

Bed-StuyPatch - "Child Abuse Prevention and Recovery in Communities Like Bed-Stuy"

Family Court Review - "Raising the Bar: Why Supervised Visitation Providers Should be Required to Meet Standards for Service Provision"

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ParentGuide News - "Parent Alert – Steps to take if you think a Child is being Abused"

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The NYSPCC continues to lecture nationally on child welfare issues.  In 2010, The NYSPCC trained approximately 800 professionals at national and state conferences which included:   

  • Prevent Child Abuse New York
  • National Supervised Visitation Network
  • New York State Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
  • National District Attorney's Association for the Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse
  • International Society on Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Nassau County Department of Social Services
  • New York City Family Court

This work is continuing in 2011.  Trainings are scheduled at the following conferences:  

  • National Children's Alliance
  • Prevent Child Abuse New York
  • National Supervised Visitation Network
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania


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