Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Training
The purpose of this Protecting Chicago’s Children training is to educate all CPS staff and community members about sexual abuse prevention and response, including mandated reporter obligations under Illinois law and CPS policy. Protecting Chicago’s students is our collective responsibility that and can only be accomplished if every member of our school communities understand their role in preventing and responding to abuse.
This training was developed through a collaboration between CPS’ Office of Student Health and Wellness and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.
What is Expected of ALL CPS Staff?
All CPS employees are required to take two actions prior to September 3, 2018:
- Complete the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Training (either at facilitated in-person training or via the self-guided training)
- Submit the Training Completion Form which serves as validation that you have fulfilled this requirement
School-based staff will participate in a facilitated, in-person training during professional development the week of August 27. All other employees are required to complete the self-guided training. Please note that some material in this training may be upsetting. If you have any questions or concerns during your training, please submit them using this form (http://bit.ly/cpscomplete).
IMPORTANT: You must submit this Training Completion Form at the conclusion of the in-person or self-guided training. You will be asked to sign in with your CPS login credentials.
Facilitator Training Materials
If you are a principal or facilitator, the training materials are available at the links below. We strongly encourage you to download the video file to your computer to avoid internet connectivity issues while playing the video.
For employees who do not attend an in-person training at their school or department meeting, please complete the self-guided training at the link below.
Materials will be available in Spanish during the week of August 27.
Websites and Phone Numbers
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-2873 (1-800-25-ABUSE)
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center www.ChicagoCAC.org/resources
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Mandated Reporter Training and other resources: www.dcfstraining.org
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Internet Safety Program: www.netsmartz.org/internetsafety
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080
CPS Policy on the Reporting of Child Abuse, Neglect, and Inappropriate Relations between Adults and Students
Guidelines Regarding Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries
Important Phone Numbers
To Report Abuse
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Hotline (if you see or suspect abuse: 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)
Office of Inspector General (if you see or suspect abuse of a student by an adult in school): 773-483-7283
For Help or Advice
Office of Student Protections and Title IX: 773-535-4400. (Number will be active Sept 4 at 7 p.m.)