Circles of Safety In Higher Education Settings
We believe that individual investment combined with team effort can change organizational culture and bring about lasting proactive prevention of child sexual victimization.
Circles of Safety for Higher Education addresses the need for a campus-wide, multidisciplinary team approach to the prevention of child sexual abuse. Grounded in a process-oriented pedagogy, this training provides the tools for the prevention of child sexual abuse and helps college campuses begin to create a culture of prevention.
Circles of Safety for Higher Education integrates previous Now! trainings, knowledge of the barriers to taking action and an understanding of what mobilizes adults to be preventive.
"Colleagues leaving the training will become highly informed individuals who will be prepared to integrate this 'new information' within their sphere of influence both on and off campus. - Kathleen Howley, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic & Student Affairs, PASSHE
- “How to Speak Up and Keep Children Safe from Sexual Abuse”
- “Recognizing and Responding to Children’s Sexual Behavior”
- “Recognizing and Responding to Adults’ Behavior”
- “Fostering a Culture of Prevention in your organization”
- “Team Action Planning”
Stop It Now! and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) have collaborated to customize Circles of Safety for the higher education setting. The Circles program relies on a tiered approach involving System leadership, key university representatives and a cross-disciplinary team from each of the 14 universities in the System. The Circles of Safety for Higher Education program trained prevention team members to be resources to the larger university community and to introduce the community to effective practices to create safer environments for children and the adults who care about them.
Program activities include:
- Consultation with Now! staff on organizing your team and preparing for the training
- Two-day training delivered by Now! trainers
- Follow-up consultation to support team efforts
Stop It Now! has invested over the years in providing services which go beyond training and include our Helpline program, web-based prevention tools, specialized materials, and customized consultations. These support services further ensure the success of implementing a successful child sexual abuse-free environment on higher education campuses.
For information on how to bring this program to your campus, contact:
Deborah Donovan Rice, Program Director
Email: drice [at] stopitnow.org or Circles [at] stopitnow.org
Through the generosity and vision of Sue Paterno and the Paterno family, Stop It Now! was able to customize and implement the Circles of Safety training program for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and member universities. Staffing, data collection, curriculum adaptation, delivery of training and external evaluation were supported through this grant.