WHAT SHOULD SCHOOLS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS WHICH CARE FOR CHILDREN
DO IF THEY BECOME AWARE OF A PERSON EXHIBITING SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR
WHO COULD BE A THREAT TO CHILDREN?
The first and most important step: NOTIFY LOCAL POLICE, if they
have not been the original source of information. After notifying
law enforcement, consider taking any or all of the following actions,
depending upon the nature of the threat and the information available.
letters home to parents which do one or more of the following:
a. outline whatever description and information is available
about the person and his actions which have alerted you to a specific
b. make parents aware of the Sex Offender Registry and other sources
see “WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER HELP?”
c. encourage parents to talk to their children about the person
who poses the specific threat, and about sexual offending more
d. advise that you will communicate to parents whatever further
information becomes available to you;
e. advise that you may talk to individual children about the
threat, and that parents should call the school if they do not
want their children to participate in any such discussions;
f. encourage parents to require any children who walk to and
from school to walk in groups or be accompanied by an adult, depending
on age; and
g. request parents to report any information they may have about
school children together in small classes or groups to talk
about the threat, to show them any available pictures,
and to LISTEN to whatever information they may have to offer
about the threat. Often children will have already noticed
person lurking around the playground, walking with kids home
from school, etc.
teacher and adult monitoring of playground activities, as well
as morning and afternoon dismissal.
a school assembly in which children act out skits or engage
in role-playing to demonstrate appropriate responses to specific
dangerous situations, like being followed on the way home from
school, being asked to get into a car, etc.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Child
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of
Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Center for Sex Offender Management, Why
Do We Need to Talk About Managing Sex Offenders in Communities?, http://www.csom.org/prevedu/education.html.
Center for Sex Offender Management, Myths
and Facts About Sex Offenders, August 2000, http://www.csom.org/pubs/mythsfacts.html.
Stop It Now! The Campaign to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Warning
Signs About Child Sexual Abuse, 2005, http://www.stopitnow.org/warnings.html.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Convicted Sex Offender Site,
Things You Should Know About Sexual Offending, http://sor.state.co.us/index.cfm?SOR=home.youshouldknow.