Byram schools to hold training for assault and abuse prevention

CAP program has workshops for students and parents

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— The Byram School District will be providing Child Assault Prevention (CAP) training for students. Programs have been scheduled for grades 1, 4 and 6, with a program for 8th graders to be announced.

The training seeks to help students prevent abuse and bullying; be assertive without being aggressive; and learn self-protection strategies to keep them safe from sexual abuse, abduction and other potentially dangerous situations.

The New Jersey CAP program, which the K-8 district is using, seeks to integrate the best resources of a community in an effort to reduce a child or young person's vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault. New Jersey's CAP projects work closely with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P), law enforcement, community groups, and local school districts. CAP has a threefold educational approach to prevention which includes trainings in the following areas: Staff In-Service, Parent Program and Individual Classroom Workshops for Children and Teens.

The Parent Workshop Program include similar information for adults in the community. The training emphasizes communication skills for discussing assault with children and effective responses for handling a child in crisis. Parents are given a detailed description of the classroom workshops.

The Byram CAP Parent Workshop will be held on Jan. 17, 2018 at the Byram Lakes Elementary School's cafeteria at 6:30 pm.

CAP Classroom Workshops may be given in any of the following areas: Preschool, Kindergarten-Sixth Grades, Cognitively Impaired, TeenCAP and Bullying Prevention. Individual classroom workshops are facilitated by CAP leaders. Using role plays or scenarios and guided group discussion, the classroom workshops train children and young people to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. The role plays or scenarios represent assertion peer support, and communication and reporting skills as prevention strategies. All CAP workshops are centered on the rights of children and young people to be safe, strong and free.

For grades 1-6, workshops are presented by CAP facilitators in one 60-minute period in individual classrooms. Each interactive program includes a discussion of rights, and an unsuccessful version of each of three role plays (assaults by a bully, a stranger, and a known adult) with guided discussion of problem solving strategies, and the re-enactment of the role play with a successful resolution. Students also learn self protection techniques and watch a role play with a staff member demonstrating adult support for a child with a problem. The program is followed by a 30-minute review period.

In-school student workshops will be provided in Byram for grades 1, 4 and 6 on Jan. 22 and 23.

the district is reminding parents that their participation in CAP will make a difference.

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