“If child sexual abuse left physical scars instead of emotional ones, people would be horrified”- Darkness to Light 

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training

 

Whether you’re a parent, a family member, a youth serving organization, a teacher, a coach, a member of a church, or a babysitter it’s important to know how to protect the children in your life from sexual abuse.

Learn the facts, minimize the opportunity, talk about it, recognize the signs and react responsibly are important steps in protecting the children who are entrusted in your care.

Due to the continuous generosity of our corporate & community donors, this training is offered at no cost to participants. Donations are always welcomed!

Stewards of Children is an award winning prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth, entrusted with the care of children, and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

Some of the outcomes of the program are as follows:

·  Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse

·  New skills for adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse

·  Positive change to organizational policies and procedures

·  Individual commitment to action through a personal prevention plan

 

” Just because someone is ‘SCARS Certified’ it doesn’t mean that we let our guard down!  Perpetrators too can become trained, they are difficult to identify!  They don’t wear a sign on their forehead that says “I have sexual thoughts of children.”  We must continue to monitor and do everything we can to minimise the risk. Remember that many steps are important, prevention training, background checks, reference checks, code of conducts, and monitoring isolated one child one adult situations.”

 


 

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Monthly trainings sessions open to the community are held at:
 The Argus Building, 14 Wesley Street, Hamilton
9am-12pm – registration is required
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To register for one of the following 2018 trainings please contact: training@scars.bm                         

August 18th

September 22nd

October 27th

November 17th

December 1st 

 

 With 23 trained facilitators in our community, SCARS can also bring the ‘Stewards of Children’ Training to your organization or home with a minimum of 5 participants.

 

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM 

 


 

RE-CERTIFICATION

We strongly recommend to organizations that participants become re-certified every 3 years.

Unscientifically, we have researched other programs and have found that 3 years is a common time frame at which renewal of this information is advisable.

We also like to encourage an ongoing dialogue on the topic.  Darkness to Light have additional training modules that build on the skills taught with Stewards of Children.  These are shorter trainings that can be used in between the 3 years.  Please find these modules on their website d2l.org.

It really does depend on the organization you work with and the choices they make in implementing a policy that requires their staff and volunteers to be re-certified every 3 years.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RE-PRINTED CERTIFICATES WILL NOT BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY – ONLY BY MAIL OR  BY COLLECTION AT THE SCARS OFFICE!

 

 


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Testimonials from people who have taken the training :

 

“As a mother of 4 children I decided it would be important to take the SCARS training.  I wanted to know how to protect my children and to be better informed. I did not realize what an enormous impact it would have on my understanding and the priceless tools it would provide.  After taking the training it removed the awkwardness of discussing sex and sexual abuse with my children and others.  It opened my eyes to see the need to put protection in place in my home, when my kids would go on sleepovers, sporting activities etc.  It empowered me with insight on what to look for in kids’ programs and situations to avoid.  It even helped me know how to react, speak words of comfort and where to direct several adults who have since shared their childhood sexual abuse with me personally.  I am so thankful that I took the training and would encourage anyone to do so!  It changes your entire perspective on childhood sexual abuse and gives you the tools to become part of the solution in preventing it.” Karla Brookes – March 2017

 

“My staff were engaged and totally absorbed into the presentation; and all walked away feeling better informed and empowered, ready to advocate for the children.” – Cindy Weeks, Principal, Harrington Sound Primary School – September 2016 

 

“Today’s session was absolutely excellent.  I came away with so much more understanding and knowledge.  I hope to share this message with other parents and educators. I would like to register my husband for the next session. Thank you so much.”

 

   “Many Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the training session on Saturday. I was truly enlightened and sometimes overwhelmed with the information that was presented; sitting here with tears in my eyes. I feel more equipped in how I can deal with a situation and will do my part to protect the children in my life.”

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 `“I found the SCARS ‘Darkness to Light’ training to be incredibly informative.  It not only educates on how to put preventative measures in place to protect our children, but also how to talk to young children about their bodies, sex and how to keep themselves safe.  I wish I had this training when my children were young.  It is an incredibly worthwhile investment of time.”

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“Thank you.  I really enjoyed the training and as an educator I learned more to help in my field.”  

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 “Thank you so much for a much needed  informative and practical. It is long overdue and I have waited for a presentation like this to take place in our churches for over 20 years – my family are survivors.”  

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“Parents and Volunteers are guided to be alert to the indicators of abuse (sexual, physical, psychological/mental and neglect). Our volunteers are expected to Teach, Promote and model Respect and Anti-violence behaviours at all times while with their Little.  In conjunction, our dedicated Case Managers supervise each match by checking in with Bigs, Parents and the Littles to ensure the safety of each child.  We became SCARS certified on March 20, 2013 and are actively incorporating SCARS traininginto our programme.” – Lydia Rawlins, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda.

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“On behalf of St. John Ambulance we wish to Thank You for a very empowering lecture and presentation. I believe that everyone who attended left with a positive message and awareness that they did not have before this presentation. The message we all got was that one can make it a better world for our precious children. Again we thank you for your continued dedication and love for the cause, which we all support.” – Veronica DeSilva, St. Johns Ambulance.

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“I am so thankful that I attended the training offered by SCARS. It has made me more aware of what I see and sometimes overlook as an educator. I would endorse that every person employed by the Ministry of Education be enrolled in this training in order to heighten awareness and signs of abuse.”

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“Thank you for providing the amazing training. I really appreciate you offering an experience that can make such a difference to so many! It was very beneficial exposure to such a distressing topic. I certainly expanded my understanding of the issue and felt empowered to be aware of what I can do to decrease risks.” – Helen Orchard, Bermuda National Gallery