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Sexual Abuse Prevention Program: What you need to know

RECEs are dedicated to creating and ensuring safe and caring environments where children can learn, thrive and have the best start in life. The Sexual Abuse Prevention Program is a new educational requirement that all members are required to complete. The prevention program supports members’ commitment to the personal safety, health, and well-being of all children and empowers them with proactive approaches to help prevent child sexual abuse.

Although the program is designed with a focus on prevention, engaging with its content can be distressing. For some, it can be particularly difficult due to lived experience(s). Supporting resources have been designed and developed to provide RECEs with information on:

  • how to care for themselves, and possibly other RECEs; and
  • how to find professional help for additional support if required.

See below for helpful tips and support.

Whether you are just starting the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program or on your way to completing it, here is what you need to know about completing the program.

Completing the Sexual Abuse Prevention program:

The Sexual Abuse Prevention Program consists of three required elements:

  1. Commit to Kids
  2. Teatree Tells
  3. College Resources to Review

You may complete them over the course of several sessions. The time for completion of the entire program is estimated to be 5 to 6 hours.

It is recommended (but not mandatory) that you complete the required elements in the order listed here.

A table that explains the format and duration, steps for completion and confirmation of completion for the Commit to Kids Module. A table that explains the format and duration, steps for completion and confirmation of completion for the Teatree Tells Module. A table that explains the format and duration, steps for completion and confirmation of completion for the College Resources to Review.

Note: To check your completion deadline of the program, review the timeline here

You have completed the Prevention Program:

Will you receive a certificate for all three elements?

A certificate of completion will only be provided for Commit to Kids and Teatree Tells from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P). An automatic notification of completion will also be sent to the College.

You will not receive a certificate of completion for the third element – College Resources to Review.

How will you confirm completion of the program?

You will confirm completion of all three elements of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program upon renewal.

The automatic notifications to the College regarding Commit to Kids and Teatree Tells will be used to verify members’ confirmation of compliance with CPL program requirements upon renewal.

In My College Account, your Sexual Abuse Prevention Program row will remain blank in your CPL Cycle Details table until you renew and respond to the CPL confirmation question on your renewal form.

A table that shows the completion stage of the CPL program

Helpful tips and support:

  • The program can be completed in sessions and does NOT need to be completed in one sitting.
  • Complete the program independently or with others: You may choose to complete the program alone, with colleagues or with a trusted person. Each member must complete the knowledge validation test and quiz in their own C3P profile and confirm completion of the program elements to the College upon renewal.
  • Commit to Kids and Teatree Tells also include transcripts, which are located below each video. While watching, listening or reading, you can skip the testimonials in modules 2-5 of Commit to Kids.
  • Trauma-informed care workshops: These are optional workshops designed to support members in understanding any reactions they may have when completing the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program and provide ways they may support themself or others. Members receive an invitation based on their College membership renewal month. If you have missed the invite and would like to attend a workshop, please email [email protected] to register. To learn more about these workshops, read this article.
  • Caring for self and others: This resource provides members with information about how to prepare and care for themselves, and possibly other members, before and during engagement with the program content.
  • If you experience a technical issue on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) platform, try using a different web browser (e.g., Chrome, Edge) or delete any site data (cache & cookies) related to the C3P platform website. If these tips do not solve the technical issue, please reach out to [email protected].
  • To learn more about the prevention program, check out the FAQs. If you have additional questions / concerns, email us at [email protected].