Baltimore, MD - May 17, 2016 - On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings of this past week, representatives of Magen Yeladim International made presentations at Bais Yaakov High School, Bnos Yisroel School for Girls and the Park Heights JCC, respectively. Over 750 local day school parents attended these three parent education sessions, demonstrating that the subject of child safety is very high on the Baltimore Jewish community’s priority list.
For the past year, CHANA (a program of The Associated to combat domestic violence and child abuse) and the Center for Jewish Education (CJE) have been working to put together a community-wide project to address this critical subject. In addition to the parent education sessions, the Magen Yeladim staff trained almost twenty local administrators, educators and mental health professionals on the use of the Safety Kid curriculum in our local schools. Safety Kid is a comprehensive child abuse prevention program for presentation to children in Orthodox schools. The program was developed by Debbie Fox, LCSW, and is guided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Halachic Advisory Board, and Mothers Advocating Prevention (MAP). It has been reviewed and endorsed by Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky as well as local rabbonim.
The Safety Kid program is dedicated to working with schools, administrators, families and students, ensuring that our children are trained in age-appropriate ways to handle situations that could be dangerous. These include "grooming" by potential abusers, getting lost or separated from parents in a public place and avoiding potentially compromising situations that could lead to abuse.
Representatives of the participating day schools and yeshivos were trained to present the program in local day school classrooms. Administrators have been trained to oversee the logistics of integrating the Safety Kid program into their schools. Participating schools include Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Bnos Yisroel, Cheder Chabad, Ohr Chadash Academy, Talmudical Academy and Torah Institute.
For more information, please contact Shmuel Fischler at CHANA, 410.234.0030.
Shmuel Fischler at CHANA
Rabbi Larry Ziffer, Executive Vice President CJE