Kidpower Institute For
Child Protection Advocates
Kidpower workshops are joyous, supportive and fun - despite the reasons why child protection skills training is important.
We want adults to learn to advocate for and teach children with joy and compassion. Learning to combat harm without raising anxiety requires a supportive and positive approach.
“Kidpower has an outstanding track record of teaching parents and other caring adults effective skills without creating fear. As a public safety officer, I strongly believe that a great deal of violence, including bullying and abuse, could be prevented if everyone had these skills.”
– Manny Solano, Chief of Police, Watsonville City Police Department.
Description of Training Seminar
This Seminar, from the Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Training Institute, provides caring adults (professionals, volunteers, parents, ...) with tools for being effective Protectors of Children — and for sharing this knowledge with young people.
Our Seminar offers a unique opportunity for adults to learn to use Kidpower’s prevention, advocacy, intervention, and personal safety strategies and skills to take charge of the safety and well-being of the children and teens in their personal and professional lives.
Participants develop increased tools for taking leadership to protect young people, including those with special needs, from harm caused by thoughtlessness, neglect, bullying, abuse, or violence within their schools, organizations, youth programs, communities and families.
No prior experience with Kidpower workshops, publications or training is necessary to participate in this training, but is encouraged.
Too often, we see how the trap of what we call ‘The Illusion of Safety’ and the lack of a few key personal safety skills have led to misery, trauma, and tragedy that could have been prevented. Think of the social impact if each adult feels able and responsible for acting as a Protector of Children for each of the young people in their lives!
Imagine the suffering that could be prevented if young people truly knew how to resist being tricked into accepting a ride, had the skills and confidence to intervene or speak up in the moment to stop bullying and abuse, and were prepared to persist in getting help from busy adults.
The Seminar, from our Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute, provides participants with an in-depth opportunity to learn from Kidpower’s 25 years of experience in developing and teaching “People Safety” to children, teens, adults, parents, teachers, other professionals, and our own instructors and trainers.
These “People Safety” skills (Everyday Safety, Relationship Safety, Out & About Safety, Emergency Safety) prepare people to be safe with other people at home, at school, at daycare, online, out in the world… everywhere. They also help strengthen important relationships.
Topics addressed include...
Kidpower’s Underlying Principle and key child protection strategies.
10 Core “People Safety” Skills to take charge of safety, prevent problems, increase confidence, and develop strong relationships.
- Kidpower’s Positive Practice Teaching Method to make rehearsing safety skills and coaching use in daily life both successful and fun.
- Assessment skills for recognizing specific child and teen personal safety issues.
- Signs, statements, and policies to promote cultures of caring, respect, and safety.
- Boundary-setting skills for advocating about safety effectively, respectfully, and persistently
- Intervention skills for stopping and redirecting unsafe or disrespectful behavior powerfully and respectfully.
- How to use and teach People Safety, Everyday Safety, Relationship Safety, and Positive Peer Interaction skills to different ages and abilities.
- Applying Kidpower strategies and skills to address specific problems of bullying, abuse, violence, and other child maltreatment.
Kidpower Montreal will be hosting the 4th Kidpower Institute Training – a French pilot version offered mostly in French with some parts in English. Read more about this training format.
Child Protection Training Seminar in Montreal
Dates: Fall 2014
Day 1 - Friday October 24th
Day 2 - Saturday October 25th
Day 3 - Sunday October 26th
Next French training seminar will be : In Montreal : May 2015 or October 2015
Next English training seminar will be : In California : July 2015, in North Carolina : 2016
Location: Villeray, Montreal (exact address given after registration is confirmed)
Rates: (special rate for Montreal 2014 edition)
The earlier you register, the more time you have for pre-training preparation!
Early bird fee till September 30th: $600 CAN / participant
Later bird fee October 1st onward: $800 CAN / participant
Registration fee includes:
- Pre-seminar preparation
- 3-day seminar
- Training materials
- One-on-one follow-up by phone, e-mail or skype meeting
- Certificate of successful completion
Food, lodging and travel not included.
If you wish to register but the registration cost is holding you back, please consult our Seminar Registration Form to learn more about how we can help you on this end.
"I first learned about Kidpower when I worked as a Child Protection programme manager in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon some years ago. I had the opportunity to invite a Kidpower trainer to work with the social workers who were part of the programme.
"After observing the workshop, I was convinced that this was the missing link in the programme and that I needed to learn more about Kidpower. While observing the Kidpower workshop, I couldn't help but think: 'How I wish someone had taught me this when I was a kid!' Many of the social workers felt the same way.
"On a professional level, I realised that this is what had been missing in our programme. Instead of talking about child protection systems and the impact of child abuse, here was a trainer showing the social workers what to DO about it. They practised how to intervene and make a real difference in their daily work with children. It was so empowering.
"I am hoping to introduce Kidpower skills from the Institute in the Child Resilience trainings we do for Red Cross/Red Crescent volunteers all over the world, so they can pass on their skills to children living in conflict/disaster affected communities."
- Zara Sezberg, Red Cross Trainer
Certificate of Completion
Participants who successfully complete this training will receive a certificate of completion.
Participants who successfully complete this training will be encouraged to teach and use these skills if they agree to follow Kidpower’s Permission to Use Requirements.
Here is a summary of the conditions:
As long as Institute participants properly acknowledge our organization for use of our program and tell people how to reach us, they will have permission to say that they have been trained by Kidpower to be “Child Protection Advocates” or “Protectors of Children” and that they are “using or teaching safety skills from the Kidpower program."
However, unless people are certified as instructors by our organization, they do NOT have permission to call themselves “Kidpower Instructors”; say that they are teaching “Kidpower workshops” or the “Kidpower Program”; or use our copyrighted marketing or program language for promotion or fundraising.
For further information about becoming certified by Kidpower to teach workshops under our auspices, please see our Instructor Training Program.
Photos and Filming
This is a pilot training with a highly subsidized fee offered by Kidpower Montreal.
To help us improve this training, presentations by the trainers, including group practices, will be filmed and photographed at this event, which means that participants’ images will be visible. However, we will NOT film or photograph individual participants when they are doing separate practices or discussing specific situations without written prior permission.
Organizing a Training
To inquire about attending a future Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute Training Seminar, or to organize this one-of-a-kind, 3-day professional training for your organization or in your community, email us email@example.com