Community Education & Training
Part of the CAC’s mission is to protect children from abuse, which includes prevention education for children, adults, and our communities. The McLean CAC adopts and utilizes the Prevent 360 model that Darkness to Light and Monique Burr Foundation created.
What is Prevent 360°?
Prevent 360° is a comprehensive approach giving adults and children the skills they need to prevent abuse. Prevent 360° is ideal for daycares and schools, child advocacy centers, youth sports and other youth-serving organizations, and faith-based groups. The complementary skills taught through Prevent 360° give children and adults a common language and expectation that can help keep children safe.
Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. This is done by offering several world-renowned trainings, including Stewards of Children. This training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize signs, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is an adult issue and the responsibility should not be left to the child. Stewards of Children® uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children. The framework of the training is built off the foundation of The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™. The CAC currently provides this training for free made possible by grant funding. There are two trained facilitators on staff that host community-wide trainings throughout the calendar year, but also provide the training based on requests made by organizations, agencies, or large groups of individuals.
Monique Burr Foundation is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to protect children by providing the best comprehensive, evidence-based prevention education programs that empower children with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect), exploitation, bullying, cyberbullying, human trafficking, digital abuse, and other digital dangers. Each lesson is age and developmentally appropriate depending on what grade level is being presented with the information. The curriculum is divided into Child Safety Matters (grades K-5) and Teen Safety Matters (grades 6-8 and 9-12). Both programs help schools meet the new update to Erin’s Law or Public Act 097-1147, which requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. This curriculum is taught to children in a school setting by trained facilitators on staff at the CAC.
Learn about signs of child abuse and how to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse or neglect. Also, learn how to respond if a child discloses abuse to you and what steps to take after the disclosure.
*Target audience- mandated reporters, school staff, school resource officers, counselors, social workers
Recognize the signs of grooming behavior and understand safeguards that you can take to keep both yourself and the children you work with safe. This training will focus on Illinois law regarding grooming in the school setting.
*Target audience-mandated reporters, school staff, school resource officers, counselors, social workers and school administration
Hear from individuals with lived experience and professionals in the field on recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse.
*Target audience- any adult who has a personal or professional interest in protecting children- parents, coaches, school staff, daycare workers, etc.
Child abuse prevention education for students in grades K-12 that meets and exceeds new Erin’s Law requirement
Learn about the CAC and meet with multidisciplinary team members investigating child abuse/neglect reports.
*Target audience- mandated reporters, counselors, social workers, school staff, and administrators
Become familiar with where children go to be interviewed and receive services after a report is made.
Are you interested in having the Children's Advocacy Center bring a training to your group or organization?
**The Children’s Advocacy Center strives to accommodate all training requests; however, there will be occasions when we may not have the capacity. In those instances, we will do our best to put you in contact with an alternate training provider. Upon receiving your request, we will contact you further to discuss your training needs and any associated training cost.**