Date of Graduation

Summer 8-16-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly L'Engle

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Raffel

Abstract

Introduction. In order for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center community education department to extend the outreach of the Child Safety Awareness (CSA) curriculum, a training manual was created for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) K- 5th grade teachers. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of a train the teacher manual for the child safety lessons.

Methods. A five question tool was developed to survey Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers working at elementary schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. The questions were designed to better understand the needs of the population before creating a resource for them to utilize.

Results. The survey results showed that teachers in SFUSD preferred a digital, easy to access, comprehensive training manual on each CSA lesson in order to prepare to deliver the lessons to their students.

Discussion. The survey results confirm that teachers are willing to participate in efforts to educate children with preventative child abuse knowledge. The results also led to suggestions for the agency on how to implement and distribute the training manual for San Francisco Unified School District.

Recommendations. As San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center continues their partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, the two will need to identify elementary schools that will not be visited by community educators and ensure that the manual is accessible for those schools as a testing pilot. The agency should continue to keep the manual online and introduce one point of contact for teachers to reach out with questions.