Program for young children: Be Safe! can help prevent sexual abuse of children

Program for young children: Be Safe! can help prevent sexual abuse of children

Be Safe! (formerly called the c.a.r.e. kit) is a personal safety program for children aged 5–9, with a focus on preventing child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is one of the more difficult issues an educator will face. For 30 years, the Canadian Red Cross has been working with schools and communities to spread the sexual abuse prevention message and promote healthy, safe relationships.  Our research found few comprehensive programs available across Canada that deal specifically with preventing child sexual abuse. When surveyed, over 90% of teachers, parents, and counselors felt Be Safe! was effective in increasing students’  personal safety.

Through positive, non-threatening, simple key messages and child-friendly learning resources, Be Safe! introduces young children to the concepts of:

  • children’s rights
  • safe and supportive friendships
  • adults’ responsibility to protect children from harm
  • privacy and safe and unsafe touching

simple and effective Personal Safety Rules: Say “NO!” GO! Get away. TELL! Tell someone you trust. Keep on telling until someone helps you.


Be Safe! provides easy-to-use, effective resources

Designed to be delivered in schools and other learning environments, Be Safe! includes:

  • simple, detailed guidelines for educators
  • colorful, age-appropriate learning resources for children
  • information for parents
  • templates and tools to help schools communicate with parents and assist administrators to implement Be Safe!


Using Be Safe! in my school

To use Be Safe!, your school must purchase the Be Safe! kit.

Online training for educators is included with the kit and is an essential part of the Be Safe! program.

To familiarize school administrators with the Be Safe ! program, a short, free online presentation called Be Safe! Overview for Administrators is available

For more information, please call 647-892-5207.