Community Education

The Center provides numerous opportunities for law enforcement and child protection professionals to obtain current training regarding best practices in child welfare and protection.

Additionally, HCCAC provides education to schools, childcare providers and community groups or organizations to help participants recognize and report the signs of child abuse, healthy boundaries, and Human Trafficking. These training modules can be offered in-person to a group of 10 or more, online by live webinar, or a pre-recorded webinar option.

HCCAC also provides Children’s Body Safety programs to schools and organizations within our communities. Both Children’s programs, Play it Safe and radKIDS, are nationally recognized and research-based to educate children about body safety and help keep themselves safe. 

Adult Education | Children Education

Adult Education

HCCAC offers free outreach prevention and awareness trainings to your community.

HCCAC currently offers the following training. All trainings have been approved for Child Care providers and the trainer is certified by the Texas Trainer Registry, TEA and Department of Family Services. We can also customize a training to fit the needs of your organization.

These trainings are provided all year and FREE of charge.

Educators and School Employees

An educator focused training about Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. This curriculum is designed for schools seeking training for professionals and educators working with children on a in a school setting. Utilizing an interactive or formal format and video, the REPORT curriculum educates child-serving professionals or volunteers on the basic issues of child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, and how to make a report. It is designed in 1 hour  lecture based with possible scenarios for attendees. This curriculum meets and exceeds TEA’s annual requirement for Child Abuses training for school employees. The following will be covered:

  • Texas Law- Mandated Reporting
  • Emergency (911) vs. Non-emergency (CPS)
  • CACs – What – Why – Who – Your local CAC- HCCAC
  • Recognizing Abuse and Neglect
  • Types and Signs of Abuse
  • The Disclosure process
  • Reporting Abuse
  • Making the Report
  • Outcry Witness
  • Documenting your report
  •  Follow school policies and procedures
  • HCCAC a resource to you
  •  Q & A
  • Plus, handouts including Recognizing and Reporting booklet and additional resources.

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This curriculum will distinguish healthy behaviors from boundary violations and pre-offending behaviors; practice directly addressing concerning behaviors. Individuals and communities have a strong desire to prevent child abuse. However, they often face barriers to protecting children, including having relationships with those exhibiting concerning behaviors. In this workshop participants will consider what adults can do to assist communities in overcoming these common barriers to protecting children. This program is for youth-serving organizations and caregivers of children of all ages. It is designed in a 2 hour or 1-hour session and discussion-based with possible scenarios for attendees to work through. This curriculum is TEA and Texas Trainer for Child Care Providers approved. The following will be covered:

  • Sexual behaviors of children vs. signs of abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Effects of abuse
  • Facts v. Myths
  • Preferential Offenders
  • Situational Offenders
  • Methods of Operation
  • Grooming
  • Signs to watch for
  • Overcoming Barriers to protect
  • The Laws – Mandated Reporting – Teacher-student relationship
  • Protecting your own Boundaries
  • Plus, handouts and additional resources

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An adult training about both labor and sex trafficking involving adults and children. This training was developed based on the Texas Education Agency: Rise to the Challenge Curriculum and Texas Attorney General Office: Be the one campaign along with research and information with agencies working with the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center. Designed for organizations seeking training for professionals working with children. We utilize an interactive or formal format. Human Trafficking curriculum from HCCAC educates child-serving professionals, educators or volunteers on the basic understanding of adult and child trafficking, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of trafficking victims, how to identify victims and how to make a report. It is designed in 1 hour or 30 min session and lecture or discussion based with possible scenarios for attendees. This curriculum is TEA approved. The following will be covered:

  • What is Human Trafficking?
  • Labor and Sex Trafficking
  • The Victims
  • Child Trafficking
  • The Most Vulnerable Victims
  • Recruitment Methods
  • Common Myths
  • Red Flags
  • Educators/Organizations are Essential
  • Effect on Schools / Organizations
  • Risk Factors/Vulnerabilities
  • Understanding Indicators
  • Responsibility – Obligations
  • Reporting
  • Plus, handouts including Recognizing and Reporting booklet and additional resources

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Child Care Providers

An adult training about Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse. This curriculum is designed for organizations seeking training for professionals working with children on a regular basis. Utilizing an interactive or formal format and video, the Recognizing and Reporting curriculum educates child-serving professionals or volunteers on the basic issues of child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, and how to make a report. It is designed in 1 hour or 30 min session and lecture or discussion-based with possible scenarios for attendees. This curriculum is TEA and Texas Trainer for Child care Providers approved. The following will be covered:

  • Texas Law- Mandated Reporting
  • Emergency (911) vs. Non-emergency (CPS)
  • CACs – What – Why – Who – Your local CAC- HCCAC
  • Recognizing Abuse and Neglect
  • Types and Signs of Abuse
  • The Disclosure process
  • Reporting Abuse
  • Making the Report
  • Outcry Witness
  • Documenting your report
  •  Follow school policies and procedures
  • HCCAC a resource to you
  •  Q & A
  • Plus, handouts including Recognizing and Reporting booklet and additional resources.

Watch this Training

This curriculum will distinguish healthy behaviors from boundary violations and pre-offending behaviors; practice directly addressing concerning behaviors. Individuals and communities have a strong desire to prevent child abuse. However, they often face barriers to protecting children, including having relationships with those exhibiting concerning behaviors. In this workshop participants will consider what adults can do to assist communities in overcoming these common barriers to protecting children. This program is for youth-serving organizations and caregivers of children of all ages. It is designed in a 2 hour or 1-hour session and discussion-based with possible scenarios for attendees to work through. This curriculum is TEA and Texas Trainer for Child Care Providers approved. The following will be covered:

  • Sexual behaviors of children vs. signs of abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Effects of abuse
  • Facts v. Myths
  • Preferential Offenders
  • Situational Offenders
  • Methods of Operation
  • Grooming
  • Signs to watch for
  • Overcoming Barriers to protect
  • The Laws – Mandated Reporting – Teacher-student relationship
  • Protecting your own Boundaries
  • Plus, handouts and additional resources

Watch this training

An adult training about both labor and sex trafficking involving adults and children. This training was developed based on the Texas Education Agency: Rise to the Challenge Curriculum and Texas Attorney General Office: Be the one campaign along with research and information with agencies working with the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center. Designed for organizations seeking training for professionals working with children. We utilize an interactive or formal format. Human Trafficking curriculum from HCCAC educates child-serving professionals, educators or volunteers on the basic understanding of adult and child trafficking, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of trafficking victims, how to identify victims and how to make a report. It is designed in 1 hour or 30 min session and lecture or discussion based with possible scenarios for attendees. This curriculum is TEA and Texas Trainer for Child care Providers approved. The following will be covered:

  • What is Human Trafficking?
  • Labor and Sex Trafficking
  • The Victims
  • Child Trafficking
  • The Most Vulnerable Victims
  • Recruitment Methods
  • Common Myths
  • Red Flags
  • Educators/Organizations are Essential
  • Effect on Schools / Organizations
  • Risk Factors/Vulnerabilities
  • Understanding Indicators
  • Responsibility – Obligations
  • Reporting
  • Plus, handouts including Recognizing and Reporting booklet and additional resources

Watch this training.

The primary attendees for this training will be Child Care Providers or Community Members who supervise small children. Typically, these individuals have early childhood education backgrounds, work in the childcare field, or are parents or relatives to young children. According to Texas Minimum Standards, all Child Care Providers have required a minimum of one hour of training if a caregiver provides care for children younger than 24 months of age, one hour of that caregiver’s pre-service training must cover understanding and using safe sleep practices and preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), This course is designed for a 1-hour session, lecture, or discussion-based with possible scenarios for attendees to work through. During this training, successful participants will:

  • Infant Brain Development
  • Definition of SBS and Abusive Head Trauma
  • History of SBS
  • Common Symptoms of SBS
  • Crying Baby and SBS Soothing a Crying Baby
  • Plus, handouts including and additional resources

Watch this training

The primary attendees for this training will be Child Care Providers or Community Members who supervise small children. Typically, these individuals have early childhood education backgrounds, work in the childcare field, or are parents or relatives to young children. According to Texas Minimum Standards, all Child Care Providers have required a minimum of one hour of training if a caregiver provides care for children younger than 24 months of age, one hour of that caregiver’s pre-service training must cover understanding of Infant Brain Development and Understanding and Preventing Abusive Head Trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). This course is designed for a 1-hour session, lecture, or discussion-based with possible scenarios for attendees to work through. During this training, successful participants will:

  • Identify what SIDS is and What SIDS is not
  • Understand Risk Factors of SIDS and the Triple Risk Theory
  • Know actions to take to reduce risk and follow DSHS Safe Sleep Recommendations
  • Know Safe Sleep Policy

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What We Teach Our Kids:

I am special, I have a right to be safe, I can tell.

I am Boss of My Body!

There are no strangers, there are good people and bad people, behavior defines a person.

To always have a buddy and know who our safe adults are!

If I feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or confused it’s always OK to tell a trusted adult.

Children’s Education

Play it Safe!® is a child abuse awareness and prevention program that incorporates age-appropriate scripts and videos to teach children how to reduce their risk of sexual and physical abuse, and sexual assault. It teaches them to recognize potentially abusive behavior, provides the tools to respond to threatening situations, and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult.

Play it Safe!® is an evidence-informed, age-appropriate risk reduction program for Pre-K through high school age students. Since 1983, more than 1.5 million children in north Texas have learned about personal safety from The Women’s Center’s Play it Safe!® program. Each grade level’s interactive curriculum speaks to children in a way that they can best learn and respond to.

This child safety program is geared to elementary-age students.  We hope to teach the children rules that may help them in difficult situations.  The children are taught that it doesn’t matter what a person looks like, but how they act that matters.  We know that many child predators are not strangers but live in the home or neighborhood and our people our children love and trust.

radKIDS

The radKIDS® Personal Empowerment Safety Education Program is a 10-hour family-centered safety education program that emphasizes essential decision-making skills as well as physical resistance options to escape violence. Children from 3½-13 years of age participate in the program ideally with their trusted adult to create a true safety partnership.

Since 2001, radKIDS® is a 501c3 non-profit and has become the National Leader in Children’s Safety Education. radKIDS® empowers children and parents with a revolutionary skill-based curriculum that strengthens children’s personal boundaries and parental confidence. This program replaces fear with knowledge, skill, and power, by enhancing a child’s critical thinking abilities and physical resistance skills and provides the opportunity for children to recognize, avoid, resist and if necessary, escape violence or harm while remaining joyful and safer in our world today. The radKIDS® Personal Empowerment Safety Education program is not a Band-Aid or drive-by educational awareness tool, it does not come with a guarantee, but it may very well be the most holistic sexual assault prevention educational tool available today. It is both foundational and strong in prevention while at the same time providing therapeutic tools to children and families to build personal boundaries and resiliency skills.

radKIDS® PRINCIPLES

  1. radKIDS® knows that; “NO ONE” has the right to hurt them because they are ”special”. Not strangers, “NO ONE” which covers everyone and empowers a child with the opportunity to decide how they are treated as well as to trust their instincts.
  2. All radKIDS® know that, since “NO ONE” has the right to hurt them, then they do not have the right to hurt “ANYONE” else (including themselves) UNLESS someone is trying to hurt them and then they have every right to “STOP” them”. In the radKIDS® training curriculum we teach them how to physically stop, “anyone” from hurting them. This is taught through our “physical resistance to violence skills” that train and empower a child with real personal skills to defend themselves from physical harm.
  3. The third foundational principle and maybe the most important that all radKIDS® learn and know is; “If anyone ever tries to hurt you, trick you, or make you feel bad inside or out, IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT”. Since no one has the right to hurt them (Rule #1) then if anyone ever does or has hurt them in the past radKIDS® learn it is not their fault, so they CAN tell and keep telling until someone helps.

 www.radKIDS.org

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