Based on extensive research, recommended best practices, and practitioner experience, SAFE offers practical, tested tools to screen out potential child predators and prevent child molestation.
The first publication of its kind, this work appears in the Mentor Screening and Youth Protection chapter for the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring.
“From a practitioner’s perspective, SAFE is the most comprehensive book on screening for child predators that I’ve read . . . I highly recommend this book to all who work with volunteers and mentoring programs.”
Mentors, Inc., Washington, D.C.
© Becky Cooper, SAFE Founder
The primary duty of youth service providers is to care for the well-being, healthy development, and growth of children. The field of mentoring seeks to fulfill this duty by connecting children with adults to help them see that their life matters, to provide them with a model for a healthy relationship, to show them that they have valuable gifts to share with others, to illustrate through action that someone cares deeply about their well-being and to open up their minds and hearts to the opportunities available in the world.
At the core of the mentoring movement is the fundamental belief that human relationships have the power to change, heal, and nurture. Unfortunately, the corollary is also true: human relationships have the power to impede growth and even to damage. One type of relationship which has been shown to have powerfully negative effects on the growth and development of children is that of sexual abuse.
Our goal in writing this book is to provide youth service providers with the knowledge necessary to prevent this form of abuse within their organizations. Mentoring programs are inherently vulnerable to this threat, as they bring adult mentors into contact with vulnerable children and encourage them to establish trust, break down natural barriers of “stranger” caution, and create an opportunity for abuse. It is in this type of relationship that child sexual abuse thrives. It is vital that we are informed and educated on the inherent risks in the relationships we create.
The book covers 3 critical learning areas:
PART I – Child Molestation Literature Review, including
Prevalence, Victims, Perpetrators, and Dynamics
PART II – Child Molestation Prevention, including
Screening/Monitoring Mentors and Using Informed Intuition
PART III – Child Molestation Prevention, including
Tools, Resources, and Background Checks