A child’s first experience with socialization and the dynamics of a school setting is often in a preschool or a daycare. This experience sets the standard for all other interactions. Parents see media coverage related to sexual abuse in preschools and daycares and wonder if their toddler is in danger. Concerned parents are asking:
- “What is my preschool doing to protect my child?”
- “What should daycares be doing to address this risk?”
Why are children at risk in daycare & preschool?
Children are at risk of sexual abuse at school, and preschoolers are not immune. Reports indicate preschoolers often do not have the vocabulary or awareness to report occurrences of abuse or molestation. These, the youngest of victims, only know that they are being hurt in a manner they don’t understand.
Preschoolers are at risk because teachers and staff members responsible for supervising children do not adequately recognize barrier testing and the grooming process utilized by molesters.
What should preschools & daycares do to prevent sexual abuse?
MinistrySafe provides preschools and daycares with state-of-the-art tools and trainings created by attorneys who litigate sexual abuse cases, staying abreast of evolving state reporting, training and screening requirements.
MinistrySafe preschool and daycare resources include:
- Sexual Abuse Awareness Training for teachers, volunteers and preschool or daycare employees
- Sample forms for employee and volunteer applications, references and interviews as part of the Skillful Screening Process
- Preschool and Daycare Safety Policy and Procedure forms that dovetail with Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
- Background Checks adapted by client to position
- The MinistrySafe online Control Panel, giving administrators the ability to easily monitor the
5-Part Safety System
Are you ready to prevent sexual abuse in your daycare or preschool? Become a MinistrySafe member.