The Self-Assessment for an Abuse Free Environment was developed as an optional tool for programs under the jurisdiction of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center). The purpose of the self-assessment tool is to encourage state-approved schools to self-assess their programs for risk of abuse and to provide resources to mitigate the identified areas of risk. The risk prevention factors apply to the school, student, and interpersonal relationships between students and others.

This tool is for use within your school and is not meant to be shared with the Justice Center, State Education Department (SED), or other programs. This tool is meant to assist you in determining which area to focus on in your school’s performance improvement projects. SED and the Justice Center are available to assist in developing or providing resources that would assist your school in abuse prevention.