(formerly Let’s Talk About Touching)
Let’s Talk is an inclusive child sexual abuse prevention program for children aged 4 to 6 years originally developed and implemented in the mid-1980s. Since its development, Let's Talk has been highly valued in the early childhood community as an important educational resource and has been used widely in licensed early childhood settings and kindergarten classrooms. In 1992, an in-depth evaluation of Let's Talk confirmed the effectiveness of Let's Talk as a prevention program and made a number of recommendations to update the curriculum and streamline the delivery of the teacher training.
The development of the second edition was supported and guided by a broadly based community advisory committee. This edition of Let's Talk reflects up to date research on prevention education for young children and emphasizes positive touch.
Research confirms that young children can best learn prevention concepts and skills when engaged in long-term, active programs that are designed specifically for their age group. The second edition of Let's Talk reflects this knowledge and gives teachers a greater sense of confidence that their efforts will contribute to children’s safety.
The Let’s Talk kit contains the following materials:
- A program manual that includes nine lesson plans and a variety of resource materials that can be shared with families. The materials are available in English, French, Chinese, Serbo-Croatian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- 8 teaching pictures (11”x17” photographs) depicting positive touch.
- 10 felt board figures and 4 cards of felt board words.
- 45 sorting cards of positive touch.
- 2 puppets with 16 interchangeable faces to represent different characters.
- Let’s Talk Song Collection, a CD of children’s songs recommended in the lessons.
- 2 teaching dolls: One boy doll and one girl doll.
Let’s Talk kits are available to trained individuals on loan from Host Organizations around BC or for purchase from ECEBC. Let’s Talk Trainers are provided with a kit as part of their training.
Two types of training (Teacher Training and Trainer Training) for the second edition of Let’s Talk are available throughout BC.
What is Teacher Training?
Teacher Training prepares Early Childhood Educators (ECEs), Kindergarten Teachers, and Family Child Care Providers (FCCs) to present the Let's Talk program to children in early childhood centres. Completion of Teacher Training is required to access an Let's Talk kit. It is ECEBC’s policy that individuals participating in the Teacher Training are licensed Early Childhood Educators or Family Child Care providers with some FCC training, working in early childhood settings. This policy was created to ensure that Let's Talk is used sensitively and responsibly.
Following teacher training, participants submit an implementation package to ECEBC.
A free virtual community of practice is available for Let's Talk trained classroom teachers of 4-6 year olds. This opportunity is a great way to connect with peers, share experiences, gain support with implementation and stay fresh in your practice. Space is limited and participation is eligible for professional development credits.
What is Training for Trainers?
Training for Trainers prepares experienced Early Childhood Educators to offer Let's Talk Teacher Training to ECEs and FCC providers in their communities. It is ECEBC’s policy that Early Childhood Educators who qualify to become Let's Talk Trainers have the necessary skills and abilities to work with groups of adults. These include good communication skills, comfort with public speaking and some knowledge of, or experience with, teaching and facilitating groups. The aim is to maintain a high quality of teacher training through the province.
Information about both these training opportunities are posted on the ECEBC website as they become available.
ECEBC recognizes that our training policies may not apply to all communities in British Columbia, particularly those where no trained ECE or FCC provider is available. For such communities, ECEBC acknowledges that other health and social service professionals may be the best choice for participating in training and will examine each situation on a case-by-case basis.
Let's Talk information sessions for other interested health and social service professionals and community members are available on request.
Q: Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject. How can I introduce Let’s Talk to the parents at my centre?
A: The Let's Talk program manual includes a sample letter for families, a parent newsletter and handouts on the lessons in 7 languages. Parent meetings are recommended prior to beginning Let’s Talk in your centre.
Q: How can I make Let’s Talk work in my family child care centre?
A: Since Let's Talk is designed for children 4 to 6 years of age, you will need to be careful to direct your instruction only to the children in your centre in that age range. Some family child care providers report that bringing in an additional caregiver on days when the program is being delivered helps to keep the focus on the appropriate age group.
Q: How long is the training for Let’s Talk?
A: There are 2 types of training for Let's Talk: teacher training (delivering the program to children), which takes two days, and trainer training (teaching adults to train teachers), which takes three days.
Q: How does Let’s Talk teach my child skills to help protect him/herself from abuse?
A: Let's Talk teaches children that their bodies are their own and that they have some choice about who touches them and how they are touched. While emphasizing the fun, caring and helpful touches young children experience in their lives, it helps them to recognize touches that are “not okay”. They learn and practice three safety rules: say “no” or “stop”, get away and tell an adult.
Q: Could Let’s Talk make my child anxious?
A: Let's Talk is delivered in a very child-friendly, sensitive manner and emphasizes positive, appropriate touch. A comprehensive evaluation of Let's Talk found that it did not cause anxiety, or confusion about positive touch.
Q: Where can I go to learn more about Let’s Talk?
A: Your child’s caregiver will be able to provide you with more detailed information about Let's Talk, including an information package and newsletter created specifically for parents.
“The program is empowering and enriching to the children and families in my centre.”
“It is wonderful to have all the parent information in seven cultural languages!”
“Let's Talk has given me words to use with children when approached with a question.”
“It’s a serious topic, but we laughed and had fun and learned lots. I felt excited to take Let’s Talk back to my centre.”
“Having the parent resources to review made our parent meeting easier and more comfortable.”
- Prince George
“I love how each lesson is scripted and easy to follow! Each lesson has lesson planners, material on diversity and children needing extra support. It’s so welcoming!”
For more information or to bring Let’s Talk training to your community, please contact the ECEBC office at:
Phone: (604) 709-6063
Toll free: (800) 797-5602
Fax: (604) 709-6077
Mail: 2774 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8