Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I care about having primary prevention programming in my classroom?
A child will learn and retain new information more effectively when the adults in their lives have helped them address past and current complex trauma.
- Prevention programs can actually alleviate past trauma and prevent future violence within the school environment.
- 60% of children will be exposed to violence in their daily lives. Adverse Childhood Experiences such as experiencing child abuse or witnessing domestic violence have been shown to have long-lasting physical and mental effects on children into adulthood. This is a public health issue.
Does this help me meet any Oregon Department of Education requirements?
Communities for Safe Kids workshops address many of the Oregon Department of Education Standards & Benchmarks for Health for grades K-5, including:
- Promotion of Mental, Social & Emotional Health
- Promotion of Sexual Health
- Violence & Suicide Prevention
Communities for Safe Kids also helps address many key concepts of:
- Oregon Department of Education’s Erin’s Law (Senate Bill 856 requiring all OR schools
K-12 to adopt a child sexual abuse prevention instructional program)
- OR Bullying Statute (Senate Bill 1555 requiring all OR schools K-12 to develop and adopt policy regarding prohibition of harassment, intimidation or bullying, and cyberbullying)
How will Communities for Safe Kids help my students?
After participating in our student workshop series, students reported:
- 87% of students can identify at least one safe adult they can talk to if they have a problem
- 85% of students can identify at least one feeling in their body that indicated they needed help
- 83% of students know at least one way to safely help a peer experiencing bullying