MBF Child Safety Matters

Note: The MBF Child Safety Matters program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

MBF Child Safety Matters has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Primary) Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Not Specified

Brief Description

MBF Child Safety Matters™ iis a primary prevention education program available to public and private schools, to educate and empower elementary students (K through 8th grade), school personnel, and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse, and all types of child abuse. This program is based on polyvictimization research.

The curriculum includes 2 in–class lessons and reinforcement activities and materials on topics including:

  • Safety and Responsibility
  • Safe Adults
  • 5 Safety Rules
  • Types of Abuse
  • Why & How Abuse Happens
  • Abuse Red Flags and Reporting
  • Relationship Abuse
  • Social–Emotional Learning
  • Character Development
  • Bullying & Cyberbullying
  • Technology/Digital Dangers (gaming, virtual reality, social media), Digital Safety, and Digital Citizenship

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for MBF Child Safety Matters.


No reference materials are currently available for MBF Child Safety Matters.

Contact Information

Name: Lynn Layton
Website: mbfchildsafetymatters.org
Phone: (904) 642-0210

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2015