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Creating Circles of Safety:   What Adults Can Do to Keep Children Safe from Sexual Abuse

These trainings are available as webinars or in-person trainings. We use realistic scenarios related to the concerns of your audience, offering practical and concrete advice on preventing child sexual abuse.  

Module 1 - Awareness to Action: Introduction to  Prevention (1.5 hours)

This module covers basic facts and statistics about who sexually abuses children,, how to recognize concerning behaviors and situations, and how to take action to create safe environments for children. 

Module 2 - Recognizing and Responding to Children’s Sexual Behaviors (1.5 hours)

This module covers how to determine whether sexual behaviors in children are age-appropriate, how to use context to determine when behaviors are inappropriate or harmful, and how to respond to behaviors outside of what you would expect to see in children of various ages.  The focus is on pre-pubescent children. 

Module 3 - Recognizing and Responding to Adults’ Behaviors (1.5 hours)

This module focuses on how to recognize behaviors and situations that increase risk of sexual abuse by adults, how to set boundaries with those who interact with children, and how to speak up to keep children safe. 

Module 4 – Culture of Prevention in Youth Serving Organizations   (1.5 hours)

This module focuses on how organizations can proactively communicate their commitment to creating safe environments for children. It complements “risk management” approaches by providing strategies for organizations to create the environment where safety is embedded and policies are both comprehensive and enforced.  Includes a brief review of six key components of child sexual abuse prevention for organizations:

  • Screening and selecting employees and volunteers
  • Guidelines on interactions between individuals
  • Monitoring behavior
  • Ensuring safe physical environments
  • Responding to inappropriate behavior, breaches in policy, and allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse
  • Staff training on child sexual abuse prevention

Module 5 – Planning for Community-based Circles of Safety (2 days)

This module is appropriate for multi-disciplinary community groups interested in a more comprehensive, community-wide approach to child sexual abuse prevention.  It combines modules 1-4 with facilitated discussions of how participants can work together at the community level to prevent child sexual abuse. 

Please contact us to learn more about how you can schedule a Stop It Now! training for your organization or community.