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SCAN has trained more than 1,200 people through Stewards of Children, a nationally accredited child sexual abuse prevention training developed by Darkness to Light. The training is designed to help community members recognize, react and report child sexual abuse.
The original three-hour video-led training has led many people to become more aware and take action to prevent child sexual abuse. A new version of the training is now available, “Stewards of Children 2.0.” SCAN received its materials for the new version on January 31 and will begin offering the updated training in April.
The new version is two-hours and presents the same core values and topics that aim to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and increase child protection. It features survivor stories and details the “Five Steps to Protecting Our Children.”
“Hopefully because the version can be shown in 2 to 2.5 hours, more people will be able to make the time commitment to participate” says Families Are Magic Prevention Program Coordinator Lucy Block, “Thus extending our reach to empowering more adults to prevent child sexual abuse.”
Lucy is training facilitators to be authorized to present the new version by April 1 so that SCAN can debut the 2.0 version for the Sixth Annual Prevent-A-Thon, April 21 to 26. During this time, SCAN aims to train as many community members as possible through Stewards of Children in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
As SCAN rolls out the new training in the Greater Richmond community, Lucy says that participants will walk away with concrete, realistic ways to prevent child sexual abuse and have a clear understanding of their role in protecting kids. In addition, Lucy expects participants to be inspired to implement new practices in their homes, their communities and places of work.