Safely Scaling Up - Stop Child Abuse


Source: eJewish Philanthropy 


Child sexual abuse statistics are staggering. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in six American men and one in four women were sexually abused before the age of 18. In the American-Jewish community, it is likely the stats are similar. Now, the community has decided to take action to stop child abuse of all forms.

A new program, Aleinu: Safeguarding our Children, will launch on November 25, 2018, and serve as a unique and critical resource to New York Jewish organizations.

Aleinu, a program of Sacred Spaces, is funded by UJA.

The idea of Aleinu, according to Sacred Spaces founder Shira Berkovits, is to take child safeguarding to scale, to reach hundreds of Jewish organizations, beginning with those in the New York area.

Over the last two years, Aleinu, under the management of Sacred Spaces program manager Danielle Pitkoff, identified the 10 best practices in child protection that every organization should know. Then, it developed a set of tools for each practice that will enable organizations to implement them on their own.

The first three practices will be available later this month on the Aleinu website, with definitions and videos.

The public-facing part of the platform will tell visitors which organizations have registered and share the practices on a high level. Organizations who choose to register to access the full set of tools can log in and track their progress on a personalized dashboard.

Read more at eJewish Philanthropy.

Updated: Nov. 20, 2019