Circles of Safety®

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth serving organizations with professionals, paraprofessionals, and all others who work in settings where adults and children and/or adolescents interact including higher education, primary education, early childhood care, child abuse prevention, child welfare including foster and residential care, youth-serving organizations, and faith-based centers

For organizations that serve children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Circles of Safety® is a foundational training built on the Stop It Now! prevention model and designed to empower prevention teams to lead a systemic shift, becoming proactive in creating safe environments for both children and adults. Circles of Safety® was built by integrating what has been learned about bystander mobilization and Stop It Now!’s experience in providing services and trainings to adults.

Designed to be easily adapted to individual organizations’ needs, Circles of Safety® provides tools for development of committed Prevention Teams and to bring condensed community based prevention training modules all community members. Teams are provided training, manuals and ongoing support. The community based training modules are available live and electronically.

Program Goals:

The goals of Circles of Safety® are:

  • Create safer conditions for children in settings where children and adults interact
  • Frame prevention both as actions to be taken before there is harm to a child and as a best practice for evaluating all child-based activities and interactions
  • Demonstrate how to have the difficult conversations needed to prevent child sexual abuse including with colleagues, other caregiving adults, decision-makers, those at risk to abuse, the larger community, as well as friends and family
  • Create prevention-focused organizational/institutional cultures including policies, processes, and people systems
  • Increase knowledge of content and models essential to implementing preventive measures
  • Shift beliefs to be more favorable to prevention before there is harm to a child (e.g., primary prevention)
  • Demonstrate behaviors aligned with the Stop It Now! comprehensive, human-rights-based approach to prevention
  • Commit to sustain a culture of prevention through ongoing training and evaluation of prevention activities

Contact Information

Jenny Coleman, LMHC
Agency/Affiliation: Stop It Now!
Phone: (413) 587-3501
Fax: (413) 587-3505

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2015