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Prevent It! FAQ

About the Workshop
Where do you offer in person workshops?
Can individuals register for the workshop?
Is there a fee for the workshop?
Can I host a workshop at my location?
For a workshop at my location, what do I need to provide?
How do I book a group workshop at my location?
What do I need to do to prepare for a workshop at my location?
Volunteer Facilitators
Questions

About the Workshop

The Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop was developed by researchers in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, utilizing leading scientific evidence, and in close collaboration Little Warriors. The aim of the workshop is to teach adults about child sexual abuse, with a focus on helping adults develop tools to reduce children's vulnerability to sexual abuse.

The Prevent It! workshop educates participants to STOP child sexual abuse by using the following steps: Study, Talk, Observe and Prepare for action. The results of an extensive study conducted on the Prevent It! workshop are published in Frontiers in Psychology and suggest that at the three month follow up after completing the workshop, there were highly significant improvements in several aspects of behavior and knowledge, and attitudes regarding child sexual abuse.

  • The number of subjects actively looking for evidence of Child Sexual Abuse increased from 46% (at baseline) to 81% (at follow-up)
  • The number of subjects who actively took steps to protect children increased from 25% (at baseline) to 48% (at follow-up)
  • An overall increase in accurate knowledge about Child Sexual Abuse
  • Less adherence to myths about Child Sexual Abuse
  • Participants talked about more Child Sexual Abuse related topics with children in their lives
  • The amount of recommended organizational prevention strategies being used tripled (in those that were a part of an organization when they took the program)

This study followed the progress of 312 participants from 23 facilitated workshops, and measured knowledge, attitude, behavior, and prevention strategies used.

The in person Prevent It! workshop is delivered by trained volunteer facilitators. Little Warriors extensively screens, trains and monitors volunteer facilitators that deliver the Prevent It! workshops.

During the in person and online workshop adults will learn to take action to help STOP child sexual abuse using the following steps:

Study – Participants learn about child sexual abuse and become familiar with basic information about it. Individuals will learn about healthy sexual development and what is expected in children as well as what behaviours are concerning.

Talk – Participants will learn that talking with children about their sexual development and about child sexual abuse as a critical step in reducing their vulnerability to sexual abuse.

Observe – Participants will learn about concerning signs to watch for in children that could indicate sexual abuse has occurred. Individuals will also learn about concerning signs to watch for in other adults.

Prepare for ACTION– Participants will learn ways they can begin taking action today, to help stop child sexual abuse through supporting children they are concerned about as well as working to reduce the risk of sexual abuse to other children.

The workshop is useful for parents, professionals and organizations that are
▪   seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse
▪   needing to respond to insurance requirements
▪   wanting to be leaders in health and safety regarding child protection
▪   interested in learning how to protect the children in their lives
▪   wanting to make a difference in their community

The workshop includes
▪       an interactive workbook for each participant
▪       DVD segments of experts and sexual abuse survivors
▪       opportunity for discussion about important issues in sexual abuse prevention and the relevance of these issues for parents, staff, volunteers and organizations that serve children and youth

After the training, participants will feel empowered and be informed
▪       about child sexual abuse
▪       about child sexual development
▪       how to talk with children about healthy sexual development
▪       to watch for concerning behaviours in other adults
▪       to watch for concerning signs in children
▪       respond to disclosures of child sexual abuse
▪       how to report abuse
▪       how to reduce the risk of sexual abuse as responsible adults and organizations

Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.

Where do you offer the in-person workshops?

We offer in person workshops where we have trained volunteer facilitators.

Facilitators can also travel to other communities, but mileage, accommodation and food allowance costs may apply.

Currently we have active facilitators in:
Alberta: Airdrie, Calgary, Camrose, Canmore, Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Leduc, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, Westlock, Wetaskiwin
British Columbia: Burnaby, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Invermere, Kelowna
Saskatchewan: Onion Lake, Saskatoon, Swift Current
Manitoba: Steinbach, Winnipeg
Ontario: Kenora, Providence Bay, Toronto, Ottawa

Netherlands: Eindhoven

Can individuals register for the workshop?

We offer the in person workshop within communities across Canada where we have active facilitators. You can register online here. Individuals can register for the online workshop at any time herePlease note that children are not permitted to be present during the workshop. In view of the subject matter this workshop was designed for delivery to persons over the age of 18. If older youth ages 16-17 are interested in attending the workshop, there is a requirement for their parent/guardian to sign a consent form. Please email preventit@littlewarriors.ca for the form prior to registration.

Is there a fee for the workshop?

The Prevent It! in-person workshop and online workshop is offered at no cost to participants*, but donations are gladly accepted.  Little Warriors is a registered charity and any donation over $25 will receive a tax receipt. Little Warriors aims to create awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. We cannot do this without donations from generous individuals and companies. To make a donation to Little Warriors click here. For group bookings where volunteer facilitators have to travel; mileage, accommodations, shipping of materials and a food allowance may apply.

*For workshops in the Netherlands there is a small fee, solely to cover the costs of the workbooks. 

Can I host an in person workshop at my organization, school, or for a group of friends?

Absolutely! Simply complete a Group Booking form either online here or print the form here.  Once our Regional Program Co-ordinator receives your information, they will firm up a volunteer facilitator to come out to your group to do the workshop. We ask you to please provide a couple of date options to enable us to secure an available facilitator. Once we have received your form you will receive confirmation of what date we are able to accommodate. We ask that there is a minimum of 10 people for a group session and a maximum of 30 people. For group bookings where facilitators have to travel; mileage, accommodations, shipping of materials and a food allowance may apply.

For an in person workshop at my location what do I need to provide?

A room that is available for a 4 hour time slot with enough chairs for participants.  If you chose to provide snacks and drinks that is up to you; Little Warriors does not provide this. We ask that the space has the equipment available to play a DVD (a TV and DVD player or a laptop, projector and speakers). If you are not able to provide equipment and someone to operate please let us know before booking.

How do I book a group workshop at my location?

Simply complete a Group Booking form either online here or print the form here and return it to Little Warriors via fax at 1-888-776-5635 or email it to PreventIt@littlewarriors.ca.

What do I need to do to prepare for the workshop at my location?

3-5 days prior to the session, the Regional Program Coordinator will contact you to ask for a list of names of the registered participants. This will allow us to prepare certificates for each person that is attending. On the day of the session, please ensure that your room is set up with chairs for enough participants and a TV and DVD player or laptop, projector, screen and speakers. You need to ensure you test the equipment to ensure that it is working prior to the workshop start time. Be prepared to meet the facilitator at the location ½ hour before the session is to start so they have time to get set up.

Volunteer Facilitators

Volunteer Facilitators are crucial to Little Warriors mission of helping to prevent child sexual abuse in Canada. They are Little Warriors primary resource for delivering the Prevent It! Taking Action To Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop to adults in communities across Canada. A Volunteer Facilitator is someone who carries an immense passion for their community, partakes in preventative education and wants to make a difference in the lives of adults and children. Little Warriors extensively screens, trains and monitors the volunteer facilitators that deliver the Prevent It! in-person workshops. Please note the volunteer facilitators are not counsellors.

Click here for more information on becoming a Little Warriors Prevent It! Volunteer Facilitator.


Questions?
E-mail PreventIt@littlewarriors.ca or call 780.922.9010 or toll free 1.855.922.9010.



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