CAP UK is a charity that brings communities together to build resilience against child abuse. CAP has a unique approach focussing on positive messages of empowerment. Using role-plays, puppets and guided group discussion, the classroom workshops train children and young people to recognise and deal with potentially dangerous situations. All student workshops are centred on the rights to be SAFE, STRONG and FREE.
“They made me feel strong. It was a good chance to talk to someone about things I had not told anyone.” -child
As part of our whole school community approach, separate staff and parent workshops always precede children's workshops. All school staff eg. meal time assistants and caretakers are invited to our workshop. During this session CAP teaches the realities of abuse, the signs a child may show if being abuse and how to respond to that child. The parent’s session is an opportunity to explore parenting strategies and learn how to communicate with children about keeping safe but without taking away their innocence.
“This has been extremely important. It has made me think about the language I use at home.” -Parent
These sessions build confidence to know that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe.
CAP re-visits each school community every 18 months with a different input each time, so that CAP’s messages become embedded in the community contributing to children’s retention of protective behaviours over time.