Stewards of Children®

by Darkness to Light

We believe that protecting children is an adult’s responsibility, and that through education and training, adults will be empowered to act. We are certified to facilitate Stewards of Children® training.  This evidence-informed, award-winning two and a half hour training teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Join our next training!

DATE: 16 MAR / SAT / 11:00-13:30
LOCATION: Wong Chuk Hang
COST: HKD200 cash paid at event

Learn more about Stewards of Children® today.

To find out how you can offer training to your organization or community, email us!

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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.

TRAINING FEATURES
  • Delivered in a trauma-informed way by facilitators who have been rigorously trained
  • Features powerful videos paired with robust facilitated discussion
  • Teaches three foundational empowerment skills:
    • Making choices that protect children
    • Taking risks to minimize danger to children
    • Supporting each other
  • Highlights The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™ and how to apply them to better protect children from child sexual abuse

HOW YOU CAN INFLUENCE REAL CHANGE AS A STEWARD OF CHILDREN?

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® provides actionable behaviors that create prevention-oriented communities. Participants will exit the training being able to engage in conversations about child sexual abuse prevention with other adults and enact prevention policies where children live, learn, and play. They will also be able to recognize and react to boundary violations as well as suspected child abuse and disclosures. Participants will transfer the skills they learn into their communities, helping to embed prevention practices into their communities and help embed prevention practices within their spheres of influence to help proactively prevent child sexual abuse.

A sample of the learning objectives guiding this training include:

Recognize the power and impact you have within your sphere of influence

Distinguish between the myths and facts of child sexual abuse

Examine ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in a variety of situations including online and gaming environments

Discuss strategies to bridge cultural gaps that may potentially inhibit open communication

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