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“The Monique Burr Foundation for Children believes that all children have the right to be safe,” said Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. “The validation that MBF Child Safety Matters™ has received from the Florida State University evaluation, in addition to other credible professional sources, is very exciting and is an affirmation that our program is positively impacting youth. This program should be in every school, because every child deserves to be safe!”

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Offered at no cost to Florida's public schools, MBF Child Safety Matters™ is a program based on polyvictimization research and best practices, which states, "Implementing a single comprehensive program that teaches universal rules and strategies for preventing all types of victimization is more effective than implementing numerous single-topic programs."  MBF Child Safety Matters™ is designed to address these issues in an age-appropriate manner and with easy and practical lessons and reinforcement materials.

Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., has trained more than 1,300 facilitators to implement the program, and its safety lessons have reached more than 1 million children.  Every child deserves to be safe.

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

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The MBF Child Safety Matters™ program, powered by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., is a research-based, primary prevention education program, designed to educate and empower elementary and middle school students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all types of child abuse and exploitation. In 2015, Florida State University's School of Teacher Education conducted an independent study of the MBF Child Safety Matters™  program. The study validated that the program's prevention curriculum is effective with 96 percent of students showing a gain in knowledge from the pre- to post-test. The MBF Child Safety Matters™ program is approved for use in 56 out of 67 Florida counties, is provided at no cost to the Florida public schools and is aligned with Florida Education Standards, meets the qualifications of the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Anti-Bullying Act and Florida Statute 39.


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