Three day care centers in Kleinenbroich receive Strong Children’s boxes as a prevention program

Prevention program to protect against sexual violence against children
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“Strong children’s box” for day care institutions in Kleinenbroich

The big red treasure chest is the central element of a prevention program to protect the little ones from sexualized violence. Kleinenbroicher Ben Baak supported the project with a donation of 2500 euros.

Kleinenbroich. Today is International Children’s Day, but yesterday three day care institutions in Kleinenbroich received a large red treasure chest with the inscription “Strong Children’s Box”. In addition to professional literature for educators, this includes picture books, the cute plush cat Kim, a golden glittering megaphone and other treasures.

But the children have yet to discover the greatest treasure. Because this treasure is themselves. The box is the central element of a prevention program that aims to protect kindergarten children from sexualized violence. The goals of the program are self-esteem, holistic prevention in day care institutions with the involvement of children, parents and professionals.

“We have an exciting number today,” Jerome Braun emphasized when the 499th box was handed over to the day care center with the family center “Im Holzkamp”. She will use the “strong children’s box” together with the municipal day care institution at the swimming pool and the municipal inclusive family center on Josef Thory Strasse.

The project sponsors the German Children’s Protection Foundation Hansel and Gretel in Karlsruhe and non-profit GmbH Petze Institute for Violence Prevention hopes to have won over 5,000 kindergartens for the prevention program by 2028. At least three day care institutions should always share a box, according to Braun, CEO of the foundation.
Ben Baak funded the “Strong Children’s Box” for Kleinenbroich day care institutions with a donation of 2,500 euros. News about child abuse is incredible and scary. “You have to open society up to this topic,” Kleinenbroicher says, explaining his motivation.

Those involved are aware that not every clearly worded “no” actually protects. Therefore, children must also learn during the program that they are not guilty if they are abused. “They need to be taught to speak, and for that they need to be enabled to speak,” Braun emphasizes.

For it is part of the perpetrator’s strategy to convey a sense of guilt to the victims. Therefore, in addition to the beautiful things, there is also a dark bag of worries in the box, which should be disposed of as far as possible. In this way, children must learn to trust their needs and find relief from them. The previously often trivialized designation of genitals had catered to the perpetrators.

But the ability to name emotions and genitals signals to potential perpetrators that children know about it. The megaphone especially helps quieter children shout their no out loud. The putty knife is sometimes used against other unpleasant things, but it is also fine, says Braun with a smile.

Kindergarten leaders are convinced of the concept. The program fits perfectly into the conceptual work, assures hostess Elke Berzen and her colleagues Karin Goldammer-Manolakis from the municipal day care center by the indoor pool and Barbara Antony-Wildschütz from the inclusive family center.

The devices could also be used depending on the situation if the children received impulses, for example from so-called Dr. game. Using a magnetic doll, children can show which parts of their body they like to be touched and which they do not. At the end of the six-unit program, each child receives the picture book “Real Treasures!”. The box also contains various instructions, including one for your own treasure chest. This is how the subject is introduced into the parental home. Committed parents would ask, according to Berzen. This also makes the topic more public.

  • Six prevention principles: 1) My feelings are right! 2) I can distinguish between pleasant and unpleasant touches! 3) I know the difference between good and bad secrets! 4) I get help if I can not do anything myself! 5) My body is mine! 6) I can say no! It’s not my fault if anything happens to me!

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