The Child Abuse Prevention Program's goal is to insure that all children receive their basic right to safety so that they can have the opportunity to grow and thrive. Teaching children to recognize, resist and report physical and sexual abused helps to keep them safe and works to end the cycle of abuse. By giving children a chance to feel loved and valued, they can embrace their childhood and achieve their potential.
Child Safety Workshop
The cornerstone of CAPP's work is an award-winning program that utilizes life-sized Kids On The Block puppets to educate eight and nine year olds about physical and sexual abuse. This unique program provides third graders with the tools to decipher between safe and unsafe touch. The workshop offers the children the opportunity to speak privately with a CAPP-certified Prevention Specialist or a CAPP trained school guidance counselor directly following the workshop, which provides children who have experienced some type of abuse the chance to request help and begin the process of intervention immediately.
The Children's Clothes Closet Project
Being removed from an abusive environment can be very scary for a child. In response, CAPP created The Children's Clothes Closet Project to help ease the child through the change. The Closet is stocked with clothing, toiletries, toys, books, and other necessities to fill overnight bags for children being moved to safer situations.
CAPP has partnered with Safe Horizon Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center in downtown Brooklyn since 1999. CAPP now operates Clothes Closets in Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Center in Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens, and in the Hudson County Child Advocacy Center in Jersey City, NJ. A new Closet is scheduled to be opened in the Bronx later this year.
CAPP's Professional Training is a program used to train school guidance counselors and social workers about the dynamics of abuse. Participants are taught how to handle abuse disclosure statements from children and learn specific interviewing skills that are most effective when gathering information to make a report. The program is also appropriate for, and has been used to train law enforcement personnel, medical professionals, district attorneys, child protection workers and other community based professionals.