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What We Do — School-Based Personal Safety Program

We help create safer schools where children donít fear teasing, bullying or violence.

Our School-Based Personal Safety program focuses on a variety of child abuse and bully prevention programs while also supporting area schoolsí ability to comply with Ohio House Bill 19. Children learn abuse prevention and personal safety strategies and have opportunities to disclose current or previous abuse, bullying and related problems. We also help schools develop policies related to child abuse and bullying and provides consultation services upon request. To date, over 280,000 children have been served, more than 4,800 school personnel have been trained and over 4,300 parents have attended workshops to learn about their role and responsibilities in preventing abuse.

COCA offers the following services to primary, elementary, middle and senior high schools:

Staff In-Service
(1 - 4 Hours)
  • Strategies for identifying child abuse and bullying
  • Crisis intervention techniques
  • Review of legal rights and reporting responsibilities
  • Preview of classroom presentations
Parent Education
(1 - 2 Hours)
  • Strategies for communication between parents and children
  • Parent role in prevention
  • Effective responses to children in crisis
  • Preview of classroom presentations
Children's Presentations
(1 Hour)
  • Learn to recognize potentially dangerous situations
  • Learn about child abuse, bullying behavior and internet safety
  • Strategies for prevention
  • Opportunities to disclose concerns
  • Intervention and support referrals as appropriate

Click here to view the School-Based Personal Safety Program Fact Sheet

For more information or to schedule your school, contact the Council on Child Abuse at 513-684-7976.


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