When it comes to training your volunteers, there is certain core content that is critical to include in a comprehensive training program to effectively prevent child sexual abuse. Depending on your organization, education/training for volunteers should differ. As is true with interns, consultants, and contractors, volunteer-specific training would look very different for volunteers who meet with children/youth in a supervised site versus on their own in the community.
Training should be based on the volunteer role and the level of engagement with children/youth. The following new and current volunteers should be trained in child sexual abuse prevention:
- Anyone who has the opportunity to engage or connect with children and youth informally or formally—whether the contact is supervised or unsupervised
- Volunteers, interns, consultants, and contractors with access to or supervision over youth, including adults and youth in leadership positions
- New and current volunteers, interns, consultants, and contractors
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