Stewards of Children
What is this Project?
Prevent Child Abuse Delaware and its partners spearheaded the Stewards of Children™ project. This project represents the joint venture of many groups working throughout the state to create safer communities for our children. The goal of this project is to reach the “tipping point”, as described in the work of Malcolm Gladwell, by educating approximately 35,000 adults in Delaware so that they have the tools and knowledge they need to keep children safe.
The Partners Involved in the Project:
- Arsht-Cannon Fund
- Beebe Hospital
- Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
- Child Inc.
- Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware
- Delaware Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health
- Delaware Office of Women’s Health
- Delaware State University
- Department of Justice
- Division of Family Services
- Family Court
- Kids Count
- Latin American Community Center
- Nanticoke Hospital
- Office of the Child Advocate
- Parents as Teachers
- The YMCA of Delaware
All three counties have designated implementation teams. These groups meet monthly to provide oversight of the project in that county. The groups are responsible for identifying facilitators, audiences or host organizations and promoting the initiative in that county.
There are 13 authorized facilitators involved in this project. We will have between 40 – 60 facilitators providing the program throughout the State. To become an authorized facilitator contact Kellie Turner at 302-425-7490 or via email at Kellieturner@pcadelaware.org
What is Stewards of Children?
Stewards of Children is a 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 and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.
What are the features of this program?
- A three-part DVD presentation integrating commentary from sexual abuse survivors, experts in the field and other concerned adults all providing practical guidance for preventing and responding to sexual abuse.
- An interactive workbook designed to facilitate discussion, reinforce key concepts, and serve as a resource guide and personal action plan for resolving child sexual abuse.
- A Facilitator-led discussion about important issues in sexual abuse prevention and the relevance of these issues within the community and organizations that serve children.
Who is this program for?
Stewards of Children is for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children. It is also used by organizations, businesses, and corporations who:
- Seek training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.
- Look to enhance their child protection policies and procedures or respond to insurance requirements.
- Want to lead a community-based initiative and offer prevention training to the community.
Contact hours for continuing education are available for:
- National Association of Social Workers
- The National Board of Certified Counselors
The workshop is also approved by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood as a level 2 training.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Attend a workshop
- Host a workshop
- Become an authorized facilitator
- Join the Stewards of Children working group in your county
- Make a donation
How do I schedule a Stewards of Children workshop?
Contact Kellie Turner at 302-425-7490 or via email at KellieTurner@pcadelaware.org
What are the costs to host a workshop?
The cost is $11 per person.
- The YMCA of Delaware donates $10,000 to the project.
- Prevent Child Abuse Delaware receives a Mini Byrne/JAG Grant from the Delaware Criminal Justice Council to provide facilitator training.
- Prevent Child Abuse Delaware gets a $5,000 contract from the US Department of Human Services, Office of Women’s Health through the Delaware Department of Women’s Health to provide workshops to 250 Delaware citizens.
- Delaware Family Court has arranged to have every employee trained during August.