Your children have been back at school and/or day care for a couple of months now. If you have not already done so, this is a great time to speak to school personnel about how they are keeping your child safe.
If you ask just one question, this is what I recommend:
What policies are in place to prevent child sexual abuse?
Look for policies that address:
- Adults spending time alone with children (2 adults to 1 child).
- Appropriate and inappropriate touch of children by adults.
- Appropriate and inappropriate touch of children by other children.
- Diapering, toileting, showering, and changing clothes.
In-home daycare providers should also have specific policies about how non-staff family members interact with children.
Policies, however, aren’t enough, so you also might ask how practices are monitored. As you are talking with the director, look for open and forthcoming communication.
Remember, it is completely appropriate to ask administrators about their child sexual abuse prevention policies. Every school and day care facility ought to have these in place, but many still do not. If your school or day care does not have specific policies in place, ask about plans to do so and then make whatever decision you feel good making on behalf of your child, based on the response.
For a complete set of questions to ask administrators and teachers, print out a free copy of the Parenting Safe Children School Packet.