Body Safety Training Workbook (BST)

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Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Body Safety Training Workbook (BST) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Primary) Programs.

Target Population: Children ages 3-8 years old and their parents and teachers

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 8

Brief Description

The Body Safety Training (BST) Workbook is a behaviorally based and developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and teachers to instruct young children about personal safety. There are two versions of the BST Workbook; one for parents to use at home and one for teachers to use in a classroom setting. The two versions can be used separately or in combination. The BST Workbook contains ten lessons; the first half of the workbook covers general safety (e.g., fire, gun, pedestrian, poison) and the second half covers body safety (e.g., teaching children the body-safety skills of recognizing, resisting, and reporting inappropriate touching).

Program Goals:

The goal of the Body Safety Training (BST) Workbook is:

  • Helping children learn the 5 "R"s of body safety by:
    • Helping children recognize potentially abusive situations or potential abusers
    • Encouraging children to refuse sexual requests by saying 'No'
    • Teaching children to resist by getting away from the perpetrator
    • Encouraging children to report previous or ongoing abuse to a trusted authority figure
    • Reassuring children that secret or inappropriate touch is never the child's responsibility
    • Emphasizing the importance of protecting their bodies and keeping their bodies safe from a variety of dangers
    • Enhancing self-appreciation through reminding children how special they are, and that their bodies, including the private parts, are special too
    • Improving teacher/parent knowledge about child sexual abuse, including ways to prevent (primary prevention) and ways of handling disclosures (secondary prevention)

Contact Information

Name: Sandy K. Wurtele, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Email:
Phone: (719) 255-4150
Fax: (719) 255-4166

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2015