The Play it Safe!® child abuse awareness and prevention program uses age-appropriate, evidence-based materials to educate children Pre-K through high school in ways they can reduce their risk of abuse. The program teaches children how to recognize potentially abusive behavior, respond appropriately to threatening situations, and report abuse to a trusted adult. Some of the program topics include safe, unsafe, and confusing touch for elementary-aged children; and sexting, healthy relationships and dating violence for middle and high school-aged children. The one-hour trainings are offered online, and also in person at local schools, churches and other organizations.
Stewards of Children
Our Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training is for parents, or adults who work with or volunteer with kids. Stewards is smart, evidence based, and empowering. It has been shown to work. Adults who take the training follow up with actions that help keep kids safe.
The two hour training at Hope House - or online - includes facilitator-led discussion, interactive workbook activity, and compelling video featuring experts, parents, and adult survivors of abuse. Stewards of Children goes beyond awareness—it provides skills. Participants learn specific concrete actions that they can take, as individuals and as a part of bigger organizations, that work to protect children.
Partners in Prevention Training at Your Business
In 2019, Hope House trained 295 individuals at our Hope House headquarters in Covington, which impacted roughly 2,950 children. In 2020, we hope to double that number by conducting group sessions at local businesses through our new Partners in Prevention initiative. Our goal is to train 590 adults this year, and in turn, better protect 5,900 children in St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
Partners in Prevention also utilizes the Stewards of Children training, but is designed to train company employees in a group setting in their own workplace. Like our regular monthly trainings at Hope House, this free, two-hour session will equip participants with specific, concrete actions they can take to protect children in the community from sexual abuse. The trainings are open to all businesses in all industries, not just those that work directly with children. At the end of the training, the business will receive a framed certificate acknowledging them as a “Partner in Prevention.” The business will also receive recognition on Hope House’s website and Facebook page, along with a ticket discount for the organization’s popular annual event, Men Who Cook (Nov. 8, 2020 in Covington).
Register to attend one of our FREE Play It Safe! or Stewards of Children sessions, or schedule a FREE Partners in Prevention session for your colleagues in your own workplace. To learn more or to register, contact our prevention coordinator Jessica Fuselier at email@example.com or 985-892-3885 Ext 1. The actions you take today may help save a child from undeserved suffering. All participants will receive CEU certificates following completion of a Stewards of Children training.