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Darkness to Light’s® Stewards of Children

is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates
adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job.
Stewards of Children is designed for organizations that serve children and

What are the distinctive features of Stewards of Children?

A comprehensive program that incorporates all of the fundamental mechanics
necessary in creating organizational policies and procedures that keep children safe.
Ideal for training staff and volunteers on child sexual abuse prevention.

Includes the “7 Steps to Protecting our Children,” Darkness to Light’s core,
evidence-based educational tool for sexual abuse prevention.

A 2.5-hour training program that integrates the simple principles of choice,
consciousness, and personal power to promote an understanding of the nature
and impact of child sexual abuse, and that uses those principles to provide a context
for empowered action.
The curriculum is direct about holding each adult
accountable, and generous in providing powerful, specific support for personal

Video component of curriculum integrates personal stories of sexual abuse
survivors, sharing their experiences of trauma and healing with the perspectives of
professionals working with various issues of sexual abuse.

The program is motivational and compelling. It calls participants into personal
responsibility for the safety of children, while at the same time appreciates their fears
and concerns.

How can it be used?

By organizations that seek training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of
child sexual abuse.

By organizations that need to respond to insurance requirements regarding
policy and procedures for child protection.

In pre-post evaluations of trainings conducted in 9 different organizations that included
faith centers, schools, community-based youth programs, and sports/recreational
programs, participants demonstrated a 38% improvement in knowledge about
sexual abuse and in attitudes about adult responsibility in the resolution of child
sexual abuse after exposure to the Stewards of Children program. Two months
after training, participants showed a 29% increase in behaviors focused on the
protection of children from sexual abuse (e.g., they directed more questions about
child protection policy to staff of youth-serving organizations; they talked more with
children about healthy sexuality and protection from sexual abuse)

On a scale of 1 to 5 participant ratings on the quality and effectiveness of the
program was higher than 4 on all questions, indicating that participants find the
curriculum compelling.

How is the training delivered?

Stewards “Live”–a 2.5 hour in person training, led by an authorized facilitator who
uses a video/DVD, interactive workbook, and discussion to train responsible adults to
prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Stewards Online–a 2.5 hour training program available in a web-based format.

Interactive workbook can be printed from on-line training.

How does my organization provide Stewards of Children to our staff
and volunteers?

Identify and hire an authorized facilitator in your community to conduct the
Sponsor an individual in your organization to become an authorized facilitator.
Have your staff members and volunteers complete the training online at

What is an authorized facilitator?

An individual who has been educated and equipped by Darkness to Light to
deliver the program within a particular organization and the broader
An individual who has access to all of the Stewards of Children training tools.

For More Information: Email or call (843) 965-5444.

You can’t afford to ignore sexual abuse.
Protect their only childhood.