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Child Abuse Prevention for Support Staff

Your first responsibility as a support staff member in a child or youth program is to keep children safe from harm. This includes protecting children from harm that may occur in your program. Important strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect include learning about typical child development and behavior, ways to promote children’s social and emotional skills, positive guidance techniques, and recognizing inappropriate discipline or punishment. Learn more about these strategies and how to ensure the safety of your program space.