North Carolina Senate Bill 199 - The SAFE Child Act

In November 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed North Carolina Senate Bill 199 – the SAFE Child Act – a bill to modernize sexual abuse laws as well as strengthen enforcement and protection for children who have been abused, into law. The new law will close loopholes in existing sexual assault laws and strengthen penalties against child abusers.

The new Senate Bill 199 has two provisions that directly impact school districts:

  1. A new requirement, effective December 1, 2019, that adults report potential violent or sexual offenses against child victims to law enforcement.
  2. A requirement that by January 1, 2020, LEAs adopt a child sexual abuse and sex trafficking training program for school personnel who work directly with students, with implementation of the training in the 2020-2021 school year. 

North Carolina Senate Bill 199 Training Requirements

  • Adopt and implement a training program for school personnel who work directly with students in grades K-12.
  • Provide education and awareness training related to child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
  • All school personnel who work with students in grades K-12 shall receive 2 hours of training in even-numbered years beginning in 2020.

How SafeSchools Training Can Help

SafeSchools Training extensive course library provides expert-authored online training specifically designed for schools, including:

Our Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Schools Course Library provides twenty-two microlearning courses, specifically designed for K-12 schools, covering key topics that staff need to be trained on in order to be aware of the behaviors that child abusers use to groom their victims.

Written by child sexual abuse prevention consultant Diane Cranley, this microlearning course series is designed to rovide training to everyone, including educators, paraeducators, bus drivers, and more, in one online system. This efficient and affordable training program can help you:

  • Prepare school staff to interrupt an attempt at child sexual abuse before it happens.
  • Provide a healthy deterrent effect.
  • Save students from the lifelong emotional damage of sexual abuse.
  • Reduce liability and prevent costly claims, which divert needed funds from educating students.

If you would like to learn more about our courses or solutions, please contact us at 1-800-434-0154 or request a demo.