Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Body Safety Program for Volunteers

What is the Body Safety Program for Volunteers?

Body Safety volunteers groupVolunteer facilitators are needed to support the county’s Body Safety Program for children. This FREE school-based program gives children a comfortable, non-alarming way to talk about the sensitive and complex problem of child abuse.

The Childhelp® Speak Up Be Safe curriculum used by the Department of Family Services, is designed to teach children the skills needed to stay safe through learning:

  • They own their body.
  • About appropriate and inappropriate touching.
  • Some parts of their bodies are private.
  • It’s adults' job to keep them safe.
  • To identify their safe adults.
  • They have choices in unsafe situations.
  • It is never too late to ask for help.
  • It is never their fault if someone abuses them.
"The students and teachers in Pre-K-6 are always excited when the Speak Up, Be Safe program is scheduled. The students enjoy the guest teachers, and always share their new learning with us. Speak Up, Be Safe is an awesome program that reminds students the importance of body safety." — Elementary School Vice Principal

 “The presenter was kind, a good listener, patient, and knew the content well!!" —Fourth Grade Teacher 

“The facilitator used a variety of strategies to keep students engaged.” —Second Grade Teacher

“I definitely will recommend this program to other schools in the county.” —Autism K-2 Teacher

“A very valuable and informative program that is definitely necessary.” —Kindergarten Teacher

How Does It Work?

facilitator and children in classroomStep 1 - Complete onboarding process.

Step 2 - Observations and training.

Step 3 - Help children feel more comfortable talking about body safety issues.

DFS makes it easy for facilitators to jump right in after training. The program provides all the materials and any equipment volunteers need to run their presentations. Trained facilitators lead a two-hour interactive presentation for children that:

  • Is tailored to children in Pre-K through sixth grade.
  • Takes place in schools, community and child development centers or other community groups.
  • Includes an age appropriate video and discussion.
  • Uses the Childhelp® Speak Up Be Safe curriculum.

Volunteers are essential to this program, leading a minimum of 4-6, two-hour sessions each month for at least one year. In 2019, our volunteers helped nearly 6,000 children to be equipped with skills to prevent or interrupt child abuse.

How Can You Help?

Body Safety Program Bush Hill Elementary School volunteersBecome a Volunteer Facilitator

The program is looking for help facilitating classes and providing valuable information to children about body safety. If you are willing to make a one-year commitment to teach at least 4-6 classes a month, contact us to start the volunteer application process. For more information, email Francesca Watson or call 703-324-7459.

Start making an impact in your community now and sign-up to become a facilitator!


Learn more about the application process and criteria for becoming a volunteer with the Body Safety Program. Apply to volunteer today!

Meet Our Volunteers

“As a grandfather, I am very concerned about the safety of my grandchildren. I wish this program was available for them in their community. This makes it important for me to be a part of offering it here. I believe that if I can empower one child by giving them the tools to help them stay safe, I have made a difference. It doesn’t hurt that the kids are loads of fun!” —Volunteer Facilitator

"Being a facilitator for “Speak Up, Be Safe” makes me feel good. It means a lot that what I say may help a child to avoid being abused, or to speak up when they see another child being hurt. We know that some adults are now coming forward to tell what happened to them when they were children. Hopefully, with the knowledge and suggestions we provide in this program, these children will be able to avoid abuse all together or make it stop very quickly.” —Volunteer Facilitator


Carolyn AdelstenCarolyn Adelsten

She enjoys volunteering...and she has been a volunteer of Fairfax County's Body Safety Program since 2019. Learn more about Carolyn.


Chris BlasserChris Blasser

Christine finds the Body Safety Program an ideal fit for her, as it may help prevent childhood trauma and the many issues that result from it. Learn more about Chris.


Marilyn BuggMarilyn Bugg

Marilyn Bug is a 70+-year-old grandparent who became a volunteer in the Body Safety program after learning about a local case of child sexual abuse. Marilyn believes that children need to be aware of abuse in all its forms, recognize that it is wrong, and know how to get the help they need to stop it. Learn more about Marilyn.


Halla CharkiHalla Charki

Halla volunteers with the Body Safety Program because she wants to help children have a voice. Children are vulnerable, and Halla believes that it is important for them to know that they have adults who care about their safety and are dedicated to helping protect them. Learn more about Halla.


Joe GilleyJoe Gilley

Joe enjoys volunteering with the Fairfax County Body Safety program. He views it as an opportunity to continue providing children with skills to keep them safe and healthy. He is excited to spend his time being an advocate for children and teaching them valuable life skills. Learn more about Joe.


Mike MasonMike Mason

Mike’s volunteer work includes co-facilitating a co-parenting workshop to help parents help children cope with divorce, holding various committee chair positions, and serving on the board of his synagogue. In addition to facilitating Body Safety classes, Mason also volunteers with the Department of Family Services’ Parenting Education Programs. Learn more about Mike.


Matt VillemainMatthew Villemain

"I have always felt that Body Safety classes and other similar programs are crucial in fighting abuse and exploitation of children. Not only does it empower kids to understand that they have rights, but it also gives them clear tools to help keep themselves and their peers safe.” Learn more about Matthew.

 

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