Your organization has the opportunity to support and empower young people to feel confident, protected, and safe in their homes and communities. Since they collectively share the responsibility for preventing child sexual abuse, your staff, volunteers, parents, and young people need the information and skills to confidently create safe environments for children/youth. While the scope of training must be adapted to your organization’s size and unique characteristics, the universal goal of maintaining safe environments for children/youth is attainable—regardless of your organization’s mission, culture, or resources.
By providing comprehensive training to your staff and volunteers, you’ll let potential offenders know you’re keenly aware of the threat of sexual abuse, are committed to talking about it, and are capable of confronting and exposing anyone who abuses or attempts to exploit children/youth. You’ll also send the important message to victimized children and youth that they are not to blame, but are heard, believed, and supported, and you can serve as a model and resource for parents and communities to take positive action.
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