Whether children witness violence or hear about it from the news, it can cause them to feel unsafe and frightened. Child care providers can plan ahead to help protect children and reduce the risk and impact of violence


Reducing the Risk of Violence

The best thing you can do to prevent violence is to take measures to stop a problem from occurring before it happens: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings and individuals who are in the area 
  • Implement staff procedures that keep doors locked and shut 
  • Limit access to door codes, fobs, and keys 
  • Develop a culture of safety that promotes questioning individuals or items that look out of place 

Involve parents in keeping children safe: 

  • Make sure parents know not to let others in your child care program if they don’t know them, and that it is okay to ask questions 
  • If there are domestic issues, such as custody disputes, make sure you have appropriate paperwork 
  • Use parents as extra eyes and ears 

Have a communication plan: 

  • Learn about emergency alerts available in your community 
  • Know how you’ll communicate information within your facility, if necessary 
  • Empower staff to report emergencies 

Children’s Exposure to Violence

There are many resources available to help children understand and cope with disasters here.

Supporting Children Who Have Faced Trauma Infographic

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