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Monique Burr Foundation for Children Provides Bullying and Child Abuse Prevention Education

August 31st, 2012 · Leave a Comment


The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization created in 1997, announces a successful year of Speak Up Be SafeTM (SUBS), a national bullying and child abuse prevention program currently implemented in 12 counties across the state. Additionally, Pinellas, Nassau, Jackson, Manatee and Seminole counties are selecting training dates for the program.  

Speak Up Be Safe addresses safety from all forms of child abuse, bullying, cyber bullying and internet dangers, and provides resources for parents and school personnel. Additionally, the foundation provides community resources regarding bullying and abuse prevention including an informative website, speaking engagements and a safety blog, Speak Up Be Safe Florida, with up-to-date prevention information for professionals, parents and anyone interested in protecting children. The program has reached thousands of first through fifth grade students thus far throughout Florida, and has trained more than 440 facilitators in the state.

Speak Up Be Safe focuses on enhancing a child’s overall sense of confidence with regard to safety, creating a responsive safety network with peers, teachers, parents, caregivers and other adults a child typically identifies as safe, and promotes respect for self and peers. Under the review of the Governor’s Office and the Education Cooperative Planning Team, the program was created in response to a five-year plan to develop a progressive prevention program. Targeted at students in first through fifth grades, the program satisfies the educational requirements outlined in Florida Statute 39, which are proceedings relating to child abuse prevention education for children, their parents or caregivers and school personnel, and set forth by the Department of Education for health education included in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

The program focuses on five safety rules: It’s MY body; Ask an adult if I am safe; I have choices; Tell someone; and It’s NEVER my fault. It was developed through a partnership with Childhelp and Arizona State University, a leader in research programs through its College of Public Programs, School of Social Work. The program is expanding state-wide as a collaborative effort with the Governor’s Office, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Children & Families, Ounce of Prevention and other sponsors and partners. Additionally, the program has received the approval and support of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Attorney Angela Corey.

To learn more about bringing this program to your city or school, contact Lynn Layton at (904) 642-0210. More information about child abuse statistics and prevention education can be found at www.moniqueburrfoundation.org/SUBS.


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