Online Child Safety Training to Help You Prevent Abuse in Your League
Child Safety Training is an important element of your child protection and abuse prevention system. When coaches and volunteers have an awareness of the basic characteristics of a sexual abuser, the process by which an abuser picks and prepares a child for abuse, and indicators of child sexual abuse, they are better equipped to recognize and prevent abuse in an organization’s programs.
As a provider of online training for child abuse prevention for youth sports coaches, staff and volunteers Protect Youth Sports can play a critical role in helping you protect young athletes. Background checks alone will not prevent child abuse from occurring in your organization. Background checks and child safety training – when part of a comprehensive child protection program – can prevent abuse.
Ask any organization that has experienced a case of sexual abuse and they will tell you that knowing what they know now, there is NO amount of time that would have been too great to spend on prevention and educating their staff and volunteers.
The statistics are staggering: 1 out of 5 girls is sexually abused before they turn 12, and 1 of 4 before 18, and 1 out of 8 boys is sexually abused before they turn 12, and 1 of 6 before 18. And even worse, many reports indicate that precisely because sexual predators target trusting environments where children are present, the incidence of child abuse is actually higher in the youth sports community. Statistics do not begin to describe the devastating consequences of child abuse.
Victims of child abuse often struggle with the emotional and other effects of abuse for the rest of their lives. Sadly, child abuse victims are themselves at higher risk of inflicting the abuse on other children. Allegations of abuse can tarnish, sometimes irretrievably, an organization’s reputation. And of course the financial impact can be devastating as well.
Against this backdrop, Protect Youth Sports is determined to join with youth sports organizations and other community serving organizations in avoiding, as much as possible, incidences of child abuse on our watch.
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