Help Us to Educate Children about Child Abuse Prevention


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Newton and BrooklineFamily ACCESSWest Newton, MA 02465


Please help us to keep children safe, strong and free!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The next training begins October 28th.

Prevention Specialist: Child Assault Prevention Program
Prevention Specialist: Child Assault Prevention Program.
Each year CAP volunteer Prevention Specialists present 125 workshops to students in Newton and Brookline elementary schools. The CAP Prevention Specialists work in three-person teams to deliver the CAP curriculum in 90 minute workshops during school hours. This program teaches children simple strategies to reduce vulnerability to assault and violence by presenting basic, age-appropriate, skill-oriented workshops that focus on bullying between children, stranger safety, and sexual assault by known persons.

The workshops consist of facilitated discussion and role-plays for each of the topics. It ends with "Review Time" when the children are offered the opportunity to talk 1:1 with the Prevention Specialists.

Time Commitment: Attend all 5 sessions of the training and present 2 to 3 ninety minute classroom workshops monthly, October-May, for one school year. Attend 3-4 in-service trainings during the school year.

Training provides information on child abuse and neglect and its impact on society, includes role play and facilitation practice, opportunities to observe classroom workshops led by experienced Prevention Specialists. The training strengthens listening and responding skills to children in support of their safety.

*19 Continuing Education Credits available for MSWs. CEU's offered at no cost to social workers in exchange for commitment to volunteer for the entire school year.

For more information or an application, please visit our website at or email Gail Sommer at


  • Child Welfare
  • Public Speaking
  • People Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Verbal / Written Communication

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-6 hours per month
  • 21 hours of training; 3-4 hours¬†inservice training

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