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OUR Children's Safety call

Please join the Hands & Voices O.U.R. Children’s Safety Project* for this special presentation. FLYER HERE

When: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 11:00 AM CT – 12:00 PM CT

(noon-1 ET, 10-11AM MT, 9-10 AM PT)

See ZOOM information and captioning access below

Doing Right by OUR Kids!

Protecting young people who are deaf or hard of hearing from abuse, bullying, and other harm

Special Guest Speaker

 Irene van der Zande

Executive Director and Founder of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International

We will discuss key strategies from Kidpower's new book, #1 Amazon best seller Doing Right by Our Kids:  Protecting Child Safety at All Levels about how to take charge of safety in our Inner Circle of family, friends, neighbors, and caregivers - and how to ensure that the youth-serving organization in our children's lives are Worthy of Trust.  Participants are encouraged to give specific examples of concerns regarding their children and to ask questions. If wished, we can role play how a conversation might go in advocating for safety with family members, friends, teachers, and youth leaders. Key elements will include:

  • Choosing our inner circle of people who have less restricted access to our children

  • Resisting the Illusion of Safety 

  • Recognizing Higher Stakes Situations where kids might be more vulnerable

  • Red flags behaviors to watch out for

  • Teaching that affection should be a choice

  • Making SURE kids know we care

  • Setting the ground rules for who is allowed in our inner circles

  • Questions to ask before trusting your child with a youth-serving organization

  • Recognizing the obstacles to protecting child safety within an organization

  • Best organizational practices in abuse prevention

  • How to advocate effectively to Put Safety First

  • What we need to know and do- and what we need to teach our kids

Speaker Bio:

Irene van der Zande is the Executive Director and Founder of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a global nonprofit leader dedicated to teaching skills and knowledge worldwide to prevent abuse, bullying, sexual assault, harassment, and other maltreatment of children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs. Since 1989, Kidpower has served over 5 million people of different ages, abilities, and walks of life through its empowering and effective workshops, partnerships, and educational resources. Irene has written numerous books and articles about child protection, positive communication, and social safety skills for preventing and solving problems with people, including adapting for different abilities.  She is the co-author of the new Amazon #1 best-seller, Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels, which shows how to use Kidpower and other best practices to keep young people safe at home, in their neighborhood, at school, in sports, in their place of worship, and everywhere they go.  To learn more, see and




Note:  We are going to test an interactive video platform for this month’s OUR meeting!  Captioning is provided below.  For those needing ASL interpreting, we invite you to join via video relay.


Topic: O.U.R. Project Meeting


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        US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833

    Meeting ID: 996 024 536

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Event time: 10/9/2018 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Mountain)

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*What is O.U.R. Children Safety Project - (Observe, Understand, and Respond)?   Hands & Voices has created a Community of Learners, comprised of parents, family members and professionals, to explore and develop activities that will work to increase the safety and success of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This welcoming and inclusive community of learners values participation from Hands & Voices leadership including GBYS and ASTra program staff. Through discussion and critical reflection, the group focuses on issues to increase awareness and understanding surrounding prevention of child maltreatment for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf plus children. Together, members of O.U.R. identify and determine action steps that support others in their own communities that serve to observe and respond to instances of abuse, neglect and bullying, as well as cohesively work to enhance policies for prevention within the systems of care serving D/HH children and families. The O.U.R Children Safety Project incorporates the foundation and mission of Hands & Voices, and as such guides the message of prevention throughout Hands & Voices state and provincial chapters in order to carry out the work that enables deaf, hard of hearing and deaf plus children to reach their highest potential.


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Park Social after W4H
Later Event: October 21
Family Game Social