Child Assault Prevention (CAP) program
During the next few weeks, we will be participating in the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) program (www.njcap.org). The success of the CAP project depends on the support of the school community. Each year New Jersey CAP trains approximately 100,000 children and 15,000 adults.
The CAP program is a community based organization providing school staff, parents and children individual workshops. The CAP program aims to prevent child assault by teaching children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations and educating school staff and parents in CAP’s message of empowerment.
The classroom workshop consists of guided group discussions of children’s rights and role-playing designed to help children recognize and deal effectively with potentially dangerous situations including child against child (bullying), adult stranger against child, and assault involving a known adult. Discussions help children identify what options they have to protect themselves. The strategies presented are self-assertion, peer support, and telling a trusted adult. If you do not want your child to participate, you must notify the classroom teacher in writing by Friday, February 17, 2017.
The success of the CAP project depends on the support of the school community. Children are encouraged to identify trusted adults to support, share and listen to their experiences and concerns.