A Focus Series

Protecting children from sexual abuse

Tips on how to safeguard your child
Inside this Series

Although this may be a difficult topic to discuss with your child, you cannot rely on your vigilance alone to keep your child safe from sexual abuse. Your son or daughter, even if they're as young as two years old, needs to be equipped with skills that make them a difficult target for abusers. The information on this page will help you give your child the skills they need without compromising their sense of innocence.

Practical steps for parents

Presented by Dr. Kelli Palfy, a psychologist who has worked in the Child Exploitation Unit of the RCMP, this free, six-part video series will help you safeguard your son from becoming a victim of sexual abuse. Learn more

Reporting child abuse

Recommended resources

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies - For ages 2 and up

Protecting Your Child From Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger by Beth Robinson and Latayne C. Scott

For helpful secular information on how to protect your child, a good place to start is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection at ProtectChildren.ca. Their materials include low-cost online videos for volunteers, coaches and others, plus a free 23-minute video for parents.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection also has information on how to help a child who has been sexually abused.

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