Community Prevention

In South Dakota, schools are a significant component of their communities.  However, school districts need strategic partnerships to protect the safety and health of our children and families.  Communities and school districts may implement the following steps to be a trauma-informed community.

Step One:  Be a South Dakota Resilient Community.  Create or augment a community coalition to oversee and implement training, policies, and processes to prevent and respond to child maltreatment.

Step Two:  As a part of the Resilient Community efforts, provide prevention trainings, most of which are provided at no or low cost.  If your community or school is interested in hosting prevention training, click on your county in the map to find prevention programs near you.  There you will find valuable information on each program, such as contact information and types of available programming.

Link: Helpline map.

Step Three:  At a minimum, offer the three Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) curriculum to community professionals (law enforcement, attorneys, medical health, public health, behavioral health, and others) and parents.  The curriculum includes the ACEs & Resiliency overview and two film screenings with discussions.