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Educational Outreach

Abbott House is proud to offer Safety In Action, a statewide training program designed to raise awareness and unify community response to child abuse and neglect in Oklahoma. Safety In Action offers services to administrators, professionals and volunteers, children and their parents and caregivers.


For Administrators: Consultation

During an in-person consultation, our trainers will:

  • Answer your questions about child abuse and neglect according to the most current research and their professional expertise
  • Evaluate your organization's existing policies and procedures on child protection
  • Highlight your organization's strengths and identify your organization's vulnerabilities when it comes to child protection
  • Help you bolster the safety of your organization by implementing best practices in child protection
  • Tailor their recommendations to the unique needs of your organization

Visit safetyinaction.org to schedule a consultation.


For Professionals & Volunteers: Awareness Training

Our trainers will provide instruction on how to recognize and respond to misconduct and suspicions of child abuse and neglect in a way that is consistent with state laws and, most importantly, minimizes trauma to the child.

Through a live presentation with video elements, our trainers will teach professionals & volunteers:

  • What constitutes child abuse and neglect according to Oklahoma state laws
  • What factors increase a child's risk of suffering abuse and neglect
  • What characteristics are commonly associated with child abuse and neglect
  • How to support a child when abuse and neglect is discovered, disclosed, or suspected
  • The mandatory reporting law in Oklahoma
  • When and how to report suspected child abuse and neglect, and what professionals and volunteers can do when they are uncertain
  • The function of Abbott House as a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center and the various roles of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) of District 21.

Our trainers can provide sample case scenarios and facilitate group discussion.

Visit safetyinaction.org to schedule an awareness training session.


For Parents and Caregivers: Informational Handouts or Awareness Training

Our trainers can provide instruction to parents and caregivers on how to recognize and respond to a suspicion, discovery, or disclosure of child abuse. This program can accompany the STOP, GO, AND TELL program and teach parents and caregivers how to reinforce personal safety lessons at home.

Through informational handouts or a live presentation with video elements, our trainers can provide:

  • A modified version of the awareness training (For Professionals & Volunteers)
  • An overview of the STOP, GO, AND TELL program (For Children)
  • Information on normal versus problematic sexual behaviors in children
  • Recommendations for educating children about body safety
  • Best practices to implement in the home when it comes to child abuse safety and prevention
  • Internet safety recommendations
  • Recommendations for evaluating child-serving organizations and alternate caregivers

Visit safetyinaction.org to download informational handouts or to schedule an awareness training.


For Children

STOP, GO, AND TELL is a personal safety program developed by our partners at Bethesda, Inc., for kindergarten up to sixth grade students.

STOP, GO, AND TELL presentations were designed by therapists to equip children with the vocabulary, permission, and courage to speak up about abuse. The presentation is a fun, age appropriate way to teach children about personal space boundary rules and what to do if someone tries to break those rules.

Through a live presentation, stop, go, and tell trainers will teach children:

  • Their bodies are their own
  • Private parts are covered by a bathing suit, and just like we do things to keep other body parts safe, we should know how to keep private parts safe too
  • The five personal space boundary rules:
    • Say "NO" if someone tries to touch your private parts
    • Say "NO" if someone tries to look at your private parts
    • Say "NO" if someone tries to show you their private parts
    • Say "NO" to touching someone else's private parts
    • Say "NO" to looking at pictures of private parts on TV, movies, magazines, cell phones, or computers
  • To identify the safe adults in their lives who they can go to if someone tries to break a personal space boundary rule
  • When someone tries to break a personal space boundary rule, they should STOP, GO to a safe adult and TELL them what happened
  • They can decide who comes in and out of their personal space

Visit safetyinaction.org to schedule a STOP, GO, AND TELL presentation.


To schedule the presentation of your choosing, please visit safetyinaction.org. Have additional questions? Contact Abbott House’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Bethany Holtslander-Petrone or by phone at 405-579-5800 ex 112.

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