Organization Name: KVCAP

Program Name: Personal Body Safety (PBS)

Program Contact: Lanelle Freeman, Director of Social Services
Email:     Phone: (207) 859-1577

UWMM has funded this program for 15 years.

Amount Requested: $10000
Is this an increase from what your program received for the current funding cycle? 

Twenty-five word summary of this program’s purpose:

PBS is a full safety curriculum for children, teaching fundamental skill to keep them safe from a range of dangerous or abusive behaviors.

How your program is uniquely important to the community:

Personal Body Safety (PBS) is unique to the community because it is the only program in the schools that work with K-5 and returns every year which allows the children to carry over the knowledge from previous years. The program teaches children the fundamental skills to help keep them safe.  The curriculum supports parents and teachers as they engage in straightforward discussions with children about sensitive but critical issues.  Classes begin by discussing specific general safety rules like fire and bike rules. Later lessons focus on the “always ask first”, “touching rule” and unsafe touch. The program is offered with consent from the parents for the child’s participation. Parents are always given the opportunity to contact the staff with any questions they may have. 

The program rests on a solid foundation of more than 25 years of research.  Evidence shows that children who participate in prevention programs have a better knowledge of personal skills and that early elementary and pre-school children learn the most about these skills from prevention programs.  It also aligns with the best practice recommendation in “Guidelines for Programs to Reduce Child Victimization” which was developed by the National Center for missing and Exploited Children. PBS also meets a Maine State Learning Result for the schools.

The Sexual Assault Program in our area provides the school based education programming for middle school and high school. We have coordinated programming with them over the years so that there isn’t duplication of services. We also work with our local Child Advocacy Center who provides us with valuable resources and training opportunities. 

We believe that the goal of providing PBS to the most vulnerable age groups for child abuse and neglect fits with our agency’s mission through education, prevention and advocacy. The program also builds on the protective factors of child abuse and neglect prevention especially in the case of social and emotional competence of children and providing concrete supports to children and families when needed. 

Program Updates

Since last report (or in past two years):

Changes in key staff: Due to the untimely passing of Chief Financial Officer, Mark Johnston, Patricia Walker has been appointed Acting CFO. Ms. Walker has been the Controller for the KVCAP Finance Department for several years and is well qualified to act in this capacity.

KVCAP’s most recent Strategic Plan includes focused attention on strengthening the integration of services in order to improve outcomes for individuals and families using a Whole Family approach.  The Plan also has community level goals/strategies focused on improving conditions in the community, such as increasing access to transportation options, increasing affordable housing opportunities, increasing early care and education opportunities, and decreasing child abuse and neglect.

The staffing for the PBS program has remained stable for the last 15 years. The program delivery and population have also remained the same.

Expected in the coming year:

KVCAP is not anticipating any major changes in the upcoming year.

Outcome your program most contributes to:
Education: All children grow up in a stable environment—safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

How program contributes:
Provides a direct service in early learning and youth success/education areas

Define your year: July 1- June 30

How much did we do? 2000 (Total number served)

How well did we do it?

Performance measure: Percent of evidence-based curriculum implemented
Most recent year’s data: 100%
Previous year’s data: 100%

What was the difference made?

Performance measure: Percent of children who demonstrate positive coping skills and behaviors
Most recent year’s data: 90%
Previous year’s data: 90%

Action Plan

Objectives for current year:

All schools served will have a Mandated Reporting procedure in place that is reviewed at the beginning of each school year. This ensures that a procedure is in place to ensure that  disclosures of abuse and neglect are followed up appropriately by the school.

Offer parent informational meetings in area schools as requested.

Present PBS to 14 schools in the UWMM catchment area.

Provide evidenced based curriculum to 2000 students.

Children in grades k-5 will learn fundamental skills to help keep them safe from a range of dangerous or abusive situations. Children are presented with the lesson format that includes activities for skill practice and transfer learning.  90% of children will participate in the program.

Objectives and results from last year:Success Stories

The program looks at the success of the program not only in the number of children we see but as important is the feedback from the schools we are collaborating with.

Below are a couple of the success stories we have received.

Winslow Elementary School’s Guidance Counselor
I just wanted to take a minute to share with you the number of staff people here at WES who have taken the time to seek me out to tell me how much they love you doing our Personal Body Safety program.  The comments have included, “she makes a difficult conversation easy to have,”  “she is just so straight forward and easy to understand,”  “she makes them (our students) feel like people care about them and their level of comfort  and safety.”  So, I decided it was about time that I shared that with you as well, because I more than second everything they have had to say.  I know that the messages you send are clear and appropriate.  I so appreciate what you do and specifically, how you do it, so thank you!




Margaret Chase Smith School – Skowhegan

I am writing this letter of support for Kennebec Valley Community Action Program’s Child Abuse prevention education programs in the schools.  Deb Rich has presented for grades 4 and 5 and Kindergarten for many years now. This program meets the requirements for state mandated prevention education and is essential to our schools. 

Having someone with expertise in the field deliver the lessons, teachers and staff can be informed.  It gives an essential message to young children to use their voice.  About 300 children from age 5 to 11 will receive this message in one year alone.  

Please help support the continuation of this valuable program.  It is a very worthwhile investment in the future of our children.

RSU #74 School Social Worker

The Personal Body Safety program has been in place in the school that I work in for at least ten years.  It is a great program to have for the community. I especially like how the program is delivered in a manner that is easy for children to understand, as well as creates a safe space for children to talk about this difficult topic in a nurturing, trusting environment.

I cannot stress enough how vital this program is to the school and community. It would be a huge loss to not have it in place.

Maine School Administrative District #12 Jackman & Moose River

Each year our school welcomes Deb Rich, of KVCAP, into our building to present the Personal Body Safety program to our elementary students.  We feel that this program is a great first step to protecting our children from a traumatic experience and aids in reducing incidents of this kind of abuse. 

The way in which the material is presented makes introducing this sometimes tricky subject easier.  This prevention program is filled with age-appropriate resources and activities centered around personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.  The lessons help children feel empowered, to know their body boundaries, and learn how to speak up if they need to.  Our students particularly enjoy the puppet scenes, stories, and videos used to help facilitate discussions and inform learning. 

We appreciate the Personal Body Safety program tackling such a difficult, but overwhelmingly important, subject. We hope to continue to have this invaluable program presented to the students at our school for years to come.

Previous Year Actual Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
0 10000 0 0 0 10000

Total Actual Expenditures: $10000

Current Year Budgeted Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
0 10000 0 0 0 10000

Total Budgeted Expenditures: $10000

Anything remarkable about your program’s budget:

Given the funding challenges for UWMM, KVCAP decided to limit our total request (meaning the total amount we apply for adding all of the individual program requests together) to 10% less than the previous grant cycle.  Due to the critical role UWMM funds plays in the Personal Body safety programming and budget, the decision was made to ask for level funding for this program, while some of the other programs are being eliminated or we are asking for less funding. 

What else you’d like reviewers to know:

During the past year we had 4 disclosures from children.  The Guidance Counselor’s followed up on the disclosures and reported them to the Department of Human Services. At the beginning of every school year we review the school districts Mandated Reporter policy with the Guidance Counselor or School Social Worker.  Schools have also reported that they have had some disclosures made a few weeks after the presentation.  These disclosures are also reported to the Department of Human Services.


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