Darkness to Light Supplemental Training

Talking with Children about Safety from Sexual Abuse*

An important step in protecting children from sexual abuse involves having age-appropriate, open conversations about their bodies and safe boundaries. These conversations build trust, confidence, and instill knowledge that reduces vulnerability in children. Participants will learn how to talk with and listen to children about sexual abuse and personal body safety. This interactive, supplemental training builds on the education provided in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training.

Healthy Touch for Children & Youth*

Healthy affection and touch is a protective factor against child sexual abuse, especially with parents, caregivers, and family members. Participants will learn guidelines for healthy touch as well as safe, respectful ways to interact with children at home and in youth-serving organizations. This interactive, supplemental training builds on the education provided in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training.

Bystanders Protecting Children from Boundary Violation & Sexual Abuse*

Bystanders are people who witness boundary violations or see situations where children are vulnerable. This training discusses the necessary actions bystanders can take in preventing, intervening, and responding to situations of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn to recognize boundary violations, red flag behaviors, and what they can do to take action against suspected or disclosed child sexual abuse. This interactive, supplemental training builds on the education provided in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children*

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is any sexual activity with a child for which something of value is exchanged or promised. Greater than 90 percent of children who are commercially sexually exploited have been sexually abused in the past. Participants will learn the root cause of commercial sexual exploitation, what makes children vulnerable to these situations, and what actions they can take to prevent sexual exploitation in children. This interactive, supplemental training builds on the education provided in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training.

* These trainings are offered within a 45-60 minute time slot.

Less is More Training**

An interactive, two-hour training designed to give Mandated Reporters the skills needed to optimally respond when a child discloses or indicates that he or she may be a victim of sexual and/or physical abuse. The training goes beyond what is covered in the Mandated Reporter training to provide advanced knowledge in best practice response to child abuse cases including a focus on the safety and well-being of the child, clarification of the role of the Mandated Reporter, and procedures to assist in the response.

** Please note this training is for Mandated Reporters only.