ALL SCARS TRAININGS ARE VIRTUAL!
Although there is a cost to SCARS, we continue to raise funds so that no member of our Bermuda community
or anyone that works with Bermuda’s children has to pay for our virtual training sessions.
We are grateful to our corporate and community donors!
FIRST TIME BEING SCARS CERTIFIED?
JOIN A 3 HOUR
Darkness to Light ‘Stewards of Children’ is a 3 hour award winning prevention training program, that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
ORGANIZE A PRIVATE
With a minimum of 10 participants, we offer private sessions for both of our Darkness to Light prevention trainings. Ideal for youth serving organizations, families or any private group
ALREADY SCARS CERTIFIED?
JOIN A 2 HOUR SESSION
Darkness to Light ‘Beyond Stewards’ is a 2 hour recertification curriculum for those representing a youth-serving organization and who have already been SCARS certified at least 3 years ago.
As I sat and listened, I was soberly reminded of the situations and things that we innocently and trustingly did as children and as parents. Mercy.... Continue on your quest to educating adults and future parents to save our children from this awful trauma. (BSOC Sept 2022)
A great reminder to always reference policy to help us govern ourselves and help others. Great references to social media and it was great to see locally produced content. (BSOC Aug 2022)
"Although this is my third certification training in SCARS, I thoroughly enjoyed the training and my flame has been relit.”
This SCARS training was really impactful and important. I have done several safeguarding courses over the years as a teacher in the UK but they were not nearly as well done and impactful. It was so important to learn about sexual abuse on its own rather than group all forms of abuse together as it allowed the depth and understanding to come from this. It was very well run and Debi and Helen were brilliant. Thank you very much (June 2022)
Brilliant course. Passionate facilitators and real life stories. (SOC Sept 2022)
“I thoroughly enjoyed the training. I thought that the virtual training was much better as the screen and information was right in front of me as opposed to being on a screen further away from me.”
"Well done! May you educate more people not only here in the Island but also around the world." (June 2021)
"As someone who has an older sister who is a survivor of sexual abuse, this program is very close to my heart. The program was effective and to the point, I never felt confused or lost at any time about the information given. It kept my attention, and I was able to easily recall what I learned. I am so thankful for this opportunity to learn ways to help protect our kids. I hope that one day we can erase this issue and children will be able to grow up living healthy and happy lives. I highly recommend for everyone to take this course. We all have a role to play in protecting children." (2021)
I found the injection of Bermudian voices across several different realms a meaningful addition. Tailoring the training for Bermuda made all the difference. (BSOC June 2022)
Presentation was informative, well-paced, and interactive. (July 2022)
The stories told were real eye openers and it made me view a lot of my troubled students differently as far as their behaviour. I would like to better understand them and be more lenient with them just in case they are secretly hurting from trauma. (SOC Sept 2022)
I think your services and programs are very beneficial for Bermudian families and young people, and makes us - adults who have to work alongside these young people - better equipped and informed. Thank you for what you do! (BSOC Sept 2022)
This has brought light to lots of examples to watch for. (July 2022)
Really valued the options for dates to choose from and level of organization offered. Thought Debi's incorporation of chat comments was great and allowed for a variety of perspectives (BSOC Sept 2022)
I thoroughly enjoyed the refresher certification course. It was insightful, thought-provoking and a fantastic presentation. As a middle school teacher, it was very difficult to listen to some of the information because I did find myself having flashes of different students who had suffered abuse. It also caused me to reflect on my own children and were they always protected and in safe environments. I was very surprised on how heavy I actually felt after the presentation. I think as an educator/teacher you can experience some sense of trauma or trauma from the experiences of your past students who suffered abuse. Fantastic presentation - thank you! (BSOC Aug 2022)
I was unable to pick the date I completed training as it wasn't available. I completed it yesterday morning (Saturday, July 16, 2022). I I also really enjoyed the fact that the recertification now has videos that are relevant to Bermuda. I believe it makes it more personable and held my attention more. Thank you again for an informative and critical learning experience. (July 2022)
It was great to have a continuation with the retraining! The material and the facilitators are brilliant and so needed in every community! Thank you! (July 2022)
It's challenging with the format but I would have liked more interaction. Since we had to type our answers it took longer to respond to questions and I had more that I wanted to say. By the time I had typed the speaker had moved on. Overall though, it was good.
The SCARS Beyond Stewards training was informative, relevant, and engaging. We are very appreciative of the time and energy that Debi & Helen invest in this important and necessary training and the impactful work they do in our community to make it a safer and healthier place for everyone, but most importantly our Island’s youth. There are several key takeaways that we learnt as a result of this meaningful training which we will action to enhance our safeguarding policies and our procedures. Thank you! (July 2022)
"I am so thankful for this eye opening opportunity. This training is of utmost importance to create consciousness around our community to understand how child abuse can be so easily hidden without the proper understanding of how to identify the warning signs. This training needs to reach every parent and caregiver, SCARS is doing a phenomenal job. Thank you." (March 2022)
Thank you for your valuable time and patience. While I have never experienced abuse of any kind. Attending this training for the second time makes me more aware of what is happening in Bermuda and I hope that I can help make a difference to protect children and vulnerable and potential victims. Thanks again. 🤗🌷🤗 (June 2022)
“My Training was an excellent experience and provided a safe space for me to be in when I felt triggered.”
Keep up the good work! Thank you for keeping us informed and putting our children's safety and well-being first. (BSOC Sept 2022)
"The training was delivered with passion, compassion, transparency, and understanding. The subject matter and the presentation style compelled continued engagement." (May 2021)
The case studies/simulations and discussion were extremely helpful in identifying options and minimizing opportunity. Especially when I wasn't sure what to do. I would suggest a short 2 minute break timer in the middle. Pacing was excellent, just needed a pause. (July 2022)
"This session was thoroughly worth the 3 hours. The virtual environment was so calm and organized. The facilitators were so professional. During the whole experience, I learned a lot. I appreciate the virtual training kit, so much information. I think the Scars Training is an excellent program and should be implemented world to all who will work or enteract with children." (March 2022)
Great refresher!! Continue to do the great advocacy work that you do. Much appreciated. (BSOC Aug 2022)
"I would like to thank you for the opportunity, as being a sexual assault victim I learned sooo much and now I can protect my kids more and teach them about how to look out for sexual rapist. I gained a lot of knowledge. I will be recertifying myself every 3 years. And ill like to know more about your program. Thank you so much." (May 2021)
"I really loved this training and wish that it was mandatory for everyone on the island to bring awareness and a safer environment. Thank you Helen and Debi!!! I really appreciated today and the words you said resonated with me. Knowing that I am not alone meant a lot and I will remember this for a very long time." (Feb 2022)
Thank you for your continuous effort to protect our children. I like how you have continued to upgrade in the different phases presented. A lot has happened in developing SCARS training from the beginning. Congratulations. (BSOC June 2022)
Despite being 3 hours long, I felt that the content necessary to give deep understanding to participants and adequately prepare them for the protection of children was condensed excellently and discussed in a way that allowed the information to be concise and meaningful. well done and thank you! (July 2022)
Thank you for this PD! The online version is great as it allows SCARS to continually share the valuable information within a professional format. Establishing your expectations prior to the Zoom Meeting was great as well! (BSOC Aug 2022)
"I really loved this training and wish that it was mandatory for everyone on the island to bring awareness and a safer environment. Thank you Helen and Debi!!! I really appreciated today and the words you said resonated with me. Knowing that I am not alone meant a lot and I will remember this for a very long time."
I particularly enjoyed the local component to the training this time and it made the presentation more relatable to Bermuda. (BSOC Sept 2022)
Recertification included sufficient information and reminds you of the factors to look out for and remain vigilant in protecting children. (July 2022)
This was a great refresher! It allowed my mind to start ‘ticking’ and thinking about things within my classroom space and the importance of my students and their bodies. (July 2022)
Strongly recommend this training and retraining for those entrusted with other peoples children. Retraining reviews are very important. (BSOC Aug 2022)
Facilitators were highly efficient knowledgeable and were warm and receptive to all the attendees’ comments/questions. (SOC Aug 2022)
This three hour training course provided me with an understanding about child abuse and prevention that I previously did not have. It is a critical course that all adults should take and will benefit from and thus will help children. It was facilitated with expert knowledge, compassion and understanding. As a mother of two girls, age 6 and 9, I found it very difficult to hear the testimonials, but I am so grateful to all who shared their experiences in this training course, as they have given me the starting tools to look out for and care for my children and all other children. Thank you SCARS for the incredibly important work that you are doing. (SOC Aug 2022)
"I feel strongly that this component is an effective tool for every child care provider on island at every capacity!" (May 2021)
I was very pleased to see that it was local professionals sharing their stories and points of view in this recertification training. This definitely helped to keep me more engaged. (June 2022)
This is a very good thing to have for every person who is dealing with children. I will do everything to encourage people to take this course. Well Done (BSOC Aug 2022)
This course was very informative and as a teacher, the topics discussed are areas I need to be aware of and will help me (and any child) in case I come across any suspected abuse. (BSOC Aug 2022)