Body Safety Training Workbook (BST)

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About This Program

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

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

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2015