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Best Practices for Teachers, Coaches and More: How Can I Avoid Being Accused of Abuse? 7 Guidelines from Kidpower

Grandparents, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, health professionals, and other caregivers sometimes ask us, “How can I protect myself from a child getting upset with me and accusing me of abuse?” This is a common worry. In fact, we have led workshops for physical and occupational therapists who often have to touch kids in ways the kids hate, and these kids will sometimes complain that they are being abused. Sadly, because of worries about damage to their reputation, some adults feel... Read more

Analyzing camp safety concerns: Spence’s Farm

How should parents analyze the safety of potential summer camps and programs for their kids? What are the positive signs, or on the other hand, red flags and dealbreakers to look out for? There is an emerging story in my home town that is a troubling case study. Before we get into this specific story, I’ll recap some of my core principles of camp safety, which are also discussed in detail in last summer’s camp safety blog post. I believe that all youth-serving programs must be... Read more

Addressing the conflict within self-defense: how to empower without blaming victims

There is an inherent tension in self-defense instruction: how can we teach students skills to help them stay safe, and teach them in a way that does not blame them if they ever are attacked? This is an ongoing issue that we should keep our eyes on in any program, as a teacher, student or community member. There is no one good set of answers, or one solution that will fit each person or situation. This conversation exploded online recently after Emily Yoffe of Slate wrote an article headlined:... Read more

Universities realize that they are youth-serving organizations: a starting point for creating safety policies

The Penn State child abuse scandal opened the eyes of college administrators across the country. How could Jerry Sandusky molest children for more than a decade within programs that operated in the facilities of the revered Penn State football program? The answer to that question is a complicated one to be explored elsewhere, but the scandal has made colleges and universities across the country aware that the are actually youth-serving institutions as well. This is a real wake-up call,... Read more

Kidpower success story: a lost child stays calm and gets help

Many times this blog addresses news about major safety crises, but in our work at Kidpower, Irene and I love to celebrate everyday success stories. Each time a child stays safer using Kidpower, we are reminded that our work is practical, helpful and valuable. We are proud of this new Kidpower success story from our North Carolina Center. A mother whose eight-year-old daughter took a Kidpower workshop about two years ago wrote in: “I wanted to tell you about a recent incident that... Read more

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