WHAT IS STEWARDS OF CHILDREN®?
Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed, award-winning two and a half hour training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Through interviews with a very diverse group of people with lived experience, experts, and treatment providers, Stewards of Children® teaches adults practical actions they can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities.
WHAT SETS STEWARDS OF CHILDREN® APART?
Stewards of Children® is one of the only evidence- informed, adult-focused child sexual abuse prevention trainings in the United States proven to increase knowledge and change behavior.
A CDC funded study conducted by the National Crime Victims Research Center found that Darkness to Light’s training changes and strengthens adult child-protective behaviors. Furthermore, Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health compiled data suggesting citizens trained in the Stewards of Children® program report previously unrecognized abuse at a higher rate than in other communities.
Evaluations by The Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon showed that Stewards of Children® had an impact on participant organizations and improved relationships with other organizations while increasing awareness about the problem of child sexual abuse overall and resources available to combat child sexual abuse.