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Offered in person and online by Little Warriors, Prevent It! is an evidence-based educational workshop developed in conjunction with researchers at the University of Alberta.
Prevent It! educates and empowers adults to take action and help prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.
The Prevent It! workshop offers hope to help prevent child sexual abuse. Research has shown that adults who complete it become more supportive of children and begin using more behaviours that are believed to reduce children’s vulnerability to sexual abuse.
Here’s how you can take the Prevent It! workshop and take action to help prevent and respond to child sexual abuse:
In communities where Little Warriors has active volunteer facilitators, we offer the in-person workshop to individuals.
As a Group:
Groups of 10 to 30 people can arrange a group booking and host the workshop at their location. If we don’t have an active facilitator in your community, we can work with you to arrange a facilitator to travel to your community.
Register as an individual for the 90-minute online workshop and complete it at your own pace and preferred location.
In-person Prevent It! workshop:
Online Prevent It! workshop:
Watch the two-minute trailer for a sneak peak of what the Prevent It! workshop is all about.
Despite how uncomfortable I was talking about child sexual abuse, I became empowered and learned how to help prevent abusive behaviour. Great presentation.
Child sexual abuse is a crime that often goes unreported or underreported. However, the estimates of its prevalence are staggering. According to experts:
MacMillan, H.L., Tanaka, M., Duku, E., Vaillancourt, T., & Boyle, M. (2013). Child physical and sexual abuse in a community sample of young adults: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37, 14-1. and Pereda, N., Guilera, G., Forns, M., & Gómez-Benito, J. (2009). The international epidemiology of child sexual abuse: A continuation of Finkelhor (1994). Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(6), 331-342.
Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R., Turner, H., & Hamby, S (2005). The victimization of children and youth: A comprehensive, national survey. Child Maltreatment, 10(5), 5-25, DOI:10:1177/1077559504271287
Martin & Silverstone, 2013. How Much Child Sexual Abuse is “Below the Surface,” and Can We Help Adults Identify it Early? DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00058
Developed in conjunction with researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, in close collaboration with Little Warriors, the Prevent It! workshop aims to teach adults about child sexual abuse, with a focus on helping adults develop tools to help reduce children’s vulnerability to sexual abuse.
Prevent It! is an evidence-based educational workshop offered in-person and online. It teaches participants to help prevent child sexual abuse by using the following steps: Study, Talk, Observe and Prepare for action:
Study – Participants are given basic information about child sexual abuse. Individuals will learn about healthy sexual development in children and what behaviours are cause for concern.
Talk – Participants will learn that talking with children about their sexual development and about child sexual abuse is a critical step in reducing their vulnerability to sexual abuse.
Observe – Participants will learn what signs to watch for in children that could indicate that sexual abuse has occurred. They will also learn what signs to watch for in other adults that could be cause for concern.
Prepare for ACTION – Participants will learn ways they can begin taking action to help stop child sexual abuse—supporting children they are concerned about and working to reduce the risk of sexual abuse to other children.
Prevent It! is useful for parents, professionals and organizations looking for the following:
The workshop includes the following:
After the training, participants will feel empowered and be informed about the following:
Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.
The results of an extensive followup study conducted on the Prevent It! workshop and published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology show that three months after completing the workshop, participants demonstrate highly significant improvements in several aspects of their behaviour, knowledge and attitudes regarding child sexual abuse:
This study followed the progress of 312 participants from 23 facilitated workshops. It measured knowledge, attitude, behaviour and prevention strategies used.
We offer in-person workshops where we have trained volunteer facilitators. Currently we have active facilitators in the following communities:
We want to reach as many people as possible, and our facilitators will travel to other communities when it’s possible. Please note that mileage, accommodation and food allowance costs may apply.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. We offer the in-person workshop in communities across Canada where we have active facilitators. For an in-person workshop, click here to register. For the online workshop, individuals can register here. You can also request a group booking to host a workshop at your location. Click here.
This workshop deals with sensitive subject matter and was designed for participants aged 18 or older. Please note that children cannot attend the workshop. Youth between the ages of 16 and 17 can attend the workshop, but must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Please email email@example.com to get the consent form prior to registration.
Prevent It! is offered at no charge to individual participants, both in person and online. However, donations are appreciated and gladly accepted. Little Warriors is a registered charity and any donation over $25 will receive a tax receipt.
For group bookings where volunteer facilitators are required to travel, a fee may be applied to cover the costs of mileage, accommodations and meals, and shipping of materials. Please note that in the Netherlands there will be a small fee charged to cover the cost of shipping Prevent It! workbooks.
Little Warriors is committed to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. It is thanks to the generous support of individual and corporate donors that we can do this important work.
Click here to make a donation to Little Warriors.
We ask you to provide a few options for workshop dates and times to enable us to book a facilitator. Once we receive your information, we will secure a Volunteer Facilitator to do the workshop for your group, and you will receive confirmation of the date we are able to accommodate.
For group workshops, we require a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 30. For group bookings where volunteer facilitators are required to travel, a fee may be applied to cover the costs of mileage, accommodations and meals, and shipping of materials.
Little Warriors does not provide refreshments for workshops, but you are free to do so if you wish. For information on how to book a group workshop at your location, please see the answer to the question above.
Volunteer Facilitators are crucial to Little Warriors’ mission of helping to prevent child sexual abuse in Canada. They are our primary resource for delivering the Prevent It! workshop to adults in communities across Canada.
Our Volunteer Facilitators are deeply committed to community, preventative education and making a difference in the lives of adults and children. Little Warriors has a comprehensive screening, training and monitoring process that all Prevent It! Volunteer Facilitators must go through before delivering an in-person workshop. Please note that our facilitators are volunteers and are not counsellors.
Would you like to become a Prevent It! Volunteer Facilitator for Little Warriors? Click here for more information.