Child Abuse Prevention

CSSRC Resources and Trainings on Child Abuse Prevention

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) provides free resources and has hosted a number of trainings across the state and would be more than happy to provide it for your school or district at no cost. 

Resources & Trainings Offered By The Center

Mandated Reporting of Child/Sexual Abuse for School Staff

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  • Course ID 1071847
  • Release Date August 2017 This course offers an overview of the prevalence of child abuse and barriers to reporting it, indicators of the various types of child abuse, and instructions on making a proper report and respond to the needs of your school community. The course is instructive on the reporting of all types of abuse, but places an emphasis on sexual abuse because it is unique in that it requires secrecy and manipulation. By watching for vulnerabilities among students, the emotional and behavioral manifestations of sexual abuse, and the behaviors of the adults who care for our children, school communities will be better situated to report it, and to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
  • After completing this module, you will be familiar with:
    • The prevalence of abuse
    • Types and indicators of abuse
    • Characteristics of abusers
    • Proper response and reporting procedures
  • A printable certificate will be available upon completing the course.
  • Please remember to review this course on www.co.train.org and complete the feedback survey.

List of Various Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainings

  • The CSSRC is pleased to announce the addition of trainings available for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
  • Margaret Ochoa, our Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Specialist is certified as an official trainer of the nationally-acclaimed Kempe Center Prevention Curriculum.
  • Learn more

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention(CDC)

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Resources from CDC

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Child Maltreatment Prevention

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a warehouse of resources for the prevention of violence, including child abuse and neglect. Look here for data on Risk and Protective Factors, Prevention Strategies, Information on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study
  • Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of abuse: Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse and Neglect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a warehouse of resources for the prevention of violence, including child abuse and neglect. Look here for data on Risk and Protective Factors, Prevention Strategies, Information on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study and more.
  • CDC's research and programs work to understand the problem of child maltreatment and prevent it before it begins.

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet (2019)

  • This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help prevent child abuse and neglect. These strategies include strengthening economic supports to families, changing social norms to support parents and positive parenting, providing quality care and education early in life, enhancing parenting skills to promote healthy child development, and intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk.
  • Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm & Programmatic Activities (PDF 409KB CDC | Published - 2019)


STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence

  • This “technical package” for the CDC is a compilation of a core set of strategies that are deemed likely to reduce the overall incidence of sexual violence based on the best available evidence. Organized by three components, strategy, approach and evidence, this collection was designed to help communities make informed decisions and prioritize their efforts.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)

CCASA promotes safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence. Provides research, resources, and training to enable Colorado communities to believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.

CCASA: PREP Curricula & Ascend -- The Zine for Youth

An Analysis of Colorado PREP Curricula: A Trauma-Informed Approach (Published - Oct. 2014)

  • In late Fall of 2013, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) was approached by the Colorado Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Manager regarding continued training and technical assistance for grantees on effective response to and engagement of PREP participants who have experienced, or are currently experiencing trauma. Because the PREP curricula are largely focused on sexual health and sexual health decision-making, there was particular concern for how participants who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence may be impacted by the current curricula. 
  • In this report you will find:
    • Helpful information on a trauma-informed approach to working with youth.
    • Content focused on teaching youth healthy relationship skills, bodily integrity, and setting/respecting boundaries.
    • Ideas for ensuring that sexual health classes are safe spaces for youth who have experienced child sexual abuse.
    • Guidance on how reproductive coercion information can and should be integrated into pregnancy prevention.
    • Specific trauma-informed adaptations for four federally-approved sexual health curricula.

Ascend: A Zine for Teen Survivors and their Friends (PDF 4.7 MB | CCASA - Published - 2019)

  • The purpose of this zine is to support young people who are survivors of sexual assault, as they search for resources, understanding, and a path toward healing. This zine gives some ideas of where they can go for understanding and support.

Teen Toolkit: Resources Regarding Consent, Confidentiality, Access & Service Provision for Victims of Sexual Violence Who are Minors (PDF 3.3 MB | CCASA - Published - 2018)

  • This Toolkit is designed to help Colorado victim advocates, case managers, guidance counselors, educators, medical providers and youth-serving professionals determine the most effective responses for working with survivors of sexual assault/abuse who are teenagers. In some situations, it may be appropriate to share this Toolkit with teens. This Toolkit is not a substitute for legal advice, but rather should be used to provide guidelines while informing agency policies around advocacy, counseling, and medical services for minors as it relates to sexual violence or sexual abuse.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

As a dynamic service agency, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s 178 school districts, 1,888 schools, over 53,000 teachers and over 3,200 administrators to help them build capacity to meet the needs of the state’s approximately 905,000 public school students.

Colorado State Government Agency Resources for Child Abuse and Neglect
  1. Child Abuse and Neglect Resources
  2. Child Abuse and Prevention (2004)
  3. Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (Guidance for  School Personnel)
  4. Mandatory CDE Enforcement Reporting
  5. Behavioral Health Facts and Classroom Tips (Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health

Colorado Department of Human Service (CDHS)

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) connects people with assistance, resources and support for living independently in our state. Colorado has a state-supervised and county-administered human services system. Under this system, county departments are the main provider of direct services to Colorado’s families, children and adults.

Resources from CDHS

Community Performance Center

  • Launched in 2014
  • Learn how your community is meeting the needs of abused and neglected children.
  • Child Safety including abuse and neglect

Mandatory Reporters

  • List of roles that are considered to be mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect

Mandated Reporting of Sexual Abuse for School Staff:

  • Recognize, Respond, Report:  Training for Colorado's Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect. This course is not specific to school staff and goes into greater detail than the CSSRC's course. Also, the CDHS course does offer a certificate of completion

COPS Office Resources Center

  • What You Need to Know about Background Screening: A Reference Guide for Youth-Serving Organizations and their Communities
    • Youth-serving organizations have the fundamental duty to protect the children within their care. What You Need to Know about Background Screening is a simple yet powerful resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children dedicated to helping youth-serving organizations by providing information on how to better screen employees and minimize the risk to the children they serve. This guidebook, thoroughly updated in 2021 with new information and research, describes the layers of screening an agency should consider when developing a comprehensive background screening process and offers links to useful tools and resources to help youth-serving agencies understand the best screening practices that are available.

NEW - - National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth

Johns Hopkins - Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Preventing and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations: A Desk Guide for Organizational Leaders - (Published 2021 | Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse)
    • This guidance is based on the principal that is well established with many, perhaps most YSOs— specifically, that YSOs, regardless of their specific missions, are accountable for two fundamental goals: (1) to keep children safe and (2) to place children on a path to a successful and satisfying life, with better outcomes for education, employment, mental health, physical health, and social formation.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

  • Child Physical Abuse Fact Sheet
    • Explains the prevalence and consequences of child physical abuse. This fact sheet offers guidance on how to recognize and help children who are being physically abused. Published in 2009.


NEW - - SchoolSafety.gov Child Exploitation Resources

  • Information and resources on what child exploitation is, risk factors that make students vulnerable to exploitation, and ways schools can prevent exploitation, counteract risk factors, and support students facing exploitation.

Stop It Now!

  • Stop It Now! was founded on the belief that adults are in the best position to keep children safe from sexual abuse. Adults are parents, survivors, family members, law enforcement, and professionals of all types. Now! believes that people who might sexually abuse a child have an important role to play in prevention. Now! provides technical assistance and training, prevention education and advocacy, and confidential helplines. 
    • Whatsok.org:  WhatsOK is a helpline that offers text and phone support for teens and young adults reaching for help, information and support for their concerns and questions about safe sexual behaviors, feelings and thoughts. Sometimes their questions are about their own situation, like wondering if something they did or think about is “normal” or even legal. Other times, they ask how to help a friend or how to talk about something that happened to them, like being sexually abused.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • Childrens' Bureau/Administration on Children, Youth and Families
    • NEW - - 2021-2022 Prevention Resource Guide
      • The 2021/2022 Guide recognizes that there are actions we can take at all levels of the social ecology—as a society, within community systems, and in our organizations, as well as with individual families—to address the root causes of maltreatment and provide meaningful support. The guide also seeks to highlight the many innovative ways that communities around the country are already doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive.

U.S. Center for SafeSport

  • Federal law gives the nonprofit U.S. Center for SafeSport an important mandate: To end sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and misconduct in amateur sport. This catalog of online courses enables learners to understand how to prevent and recognize abuse in any sport setting.

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