Protecting our Children in our Community
In any community, there are a number of organizations that either serve or come in contact with children and their families. These may include afterschool programs, faith‐based organizations, houses of worship, sports teams or leagues, mentoring programs, and neighborhood centers. Because adults have the primary responsibility for keeping children safe from child abuse, these organizations are uniquely positioned to support the child abuse prevention efforts of schools, and to reinforce the messages of the Speak Up Be Safe program in the community. They also can play a key role in supporting children and families by serving as a broad network of safe adults. The following considerations are offered to these organizations and to those involved in them as ways to actively take on these roles. Preventing child abuse is truly a community‐wide effort.