Child abuse prevention education and training

Child abuse prevention education and training

Prevention education for adults

What would you do if a child or a friend told you they were being abused?

Prevention education helps adults recognize the signs of abuse and what to do when someone makes an outcry they’re being abused.

When Sylvia’s CAC started offering prevention education, we saw a measurable drop of as much as 20% in reported cases of abuse.

  • Prevention training is age-appropriate and often free or low-cost.
  • Sylvia’s CAC uses the Darkness 2 Light’s Stewards of Children training program.
  • All trainings are hosted by highly trained and experienced staff from Sylvia’s CAC.
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Report any suspicion of child abuse

During emergencies, call 911. To report suspected abuse, call the Indiana Child Abuse hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

Report online exploitation

Report misleading links or websites to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline online or by calling 1-800-843-5678.

Prevention education will:

  • Empower adults to recognize the signs of abuse and how to talk to children without fear
  • Give adults a common language to communicate effectively with kids and teens
  • Help adults recognize early and late-stage signs of abuse

Prevention education will not:

  • Expose children to language or sexual content above their grade or age level
  • Force adults to act as the sole actor in a potentially abusive situation
  • Require prolonged sessions of training over many hours

Sylvia’s CAC offers trainings on request

Recognize and spot the signs of abuse — and how to act.

Stewards of Children® Sexual abuse prevention for adults

Learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for this impactful and important program for parents and adults who work with children.

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

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FAQs about our child abuse prevention education programs

Are there other places I can get resources?

Teachers, educators, and those who work with children may find the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide helpful. KidSmartz is one option for those seeking at-home prevention education. Stark Consulting Group also offers programs tailored to individual organizations’ needs, such as large employers.

Does the adult training come with a credential?

Yes, adults who take the Stewards of Children training receive a certificate showing their successful completion.

What can adults expect from the Stewards of Children training?

The whole program takes about two or three hours, depending on questions and the size of the group. Adults will learn about problems impacting Boone County, common signs of abuse — such as specific bruising patterns — and how to react to abuse. Often, adults instinctively question children that may cause them to resign from the conversation at a critical moment. Adults who take part in our prevention training come away with new skills to help them react appropriately with a measured, calm response that encourages you and the child to disclose enough information to help investigators understand what may or may not have happened.

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