Protect Children from Sexual Abuse in Organizations

A Program to Address Social and Organizational Behavior


Respected schools, religious organizations, and agencies serving children and youth have experienced highly publicized child sexual abuse scandals.


These firms were imperfect managing children in their care. Fortunately they’ve gone on to help develop models to protect children better.


The firms seem to have little in common but their cases have similar factors. The factors, related risks, and   solutions are the basis for this program.




Our goal is to enable leaders and their organizations to protect children from sexual abuse risks.  Our training provides leaders and professionals the knowledge to:


·       Understand, measure, and manage risks better.

·       Improve policies and procedures.

·       Recognize abuse and report it with confidence.

·       Maintain related, external contacts.

·       Recognize and respond to developing issues.




This program reviews the findings of child sexual abuse investigations in highly publicized cases and other recent cases in the news.  We explore the questions:


·       How can this happen to organizations dedicated to the welfare of children?


·       How can it happen to organizations where time with children is only occasional?


·       What can we learn to reduce the odds of this happening to our organization?


7 Modules.  THIRRDS:  The Law, Harm, Indications, Reporting, Reputations, Deceptions, & Solutions.


1.     The Law.  The Law is Not Well Known.  Not everyone believes sexual activities with children are wrong or illegal.


2.     Harm.  Harm is Not Well Understood.  Some people believe sexual activities do not seriously injure children and those abused recover easily.


3.     Indications.  Warning Signs are Unseen.  Many people do not recognize certain activities and behaviors as warning signs of potential or actual sexual abuse.


4.     ReportingReporting is Limited.  Sexual abuse is uncomfortable for many.  They fear reporting can result in being disliked, ostracized, harmed, sued, or for causing financial losses.


5.     Reputations.  Reputations are Valued Over a Child’s Well-being.  Both organizations and abusers value their reputations and continued success.  They sacrifice the wellbeing of children to these values.  Victims received little empathy.


6.     Deceptions.  Abusers are Able to Conceal Abuse.  They cultivate a favored status; they get exemption from rules; they get no oversight; they link personal relationships to official duties; and they use creative ways to conceal abuse.


7.     Solutions.  Guidance to Protect Children.  Models, checklists, profiles, and resource tools provide guided practice to protect children and are valuable references post-training. 


I. Online:  Of seven online modules, six cover each of the six key abuse factors, case examples, lessons learned, guides, and risk profiles of each factor.  The seventh module covers solutions:  risk management models and a composite risk profile comprised of both models and the six factors. 


II. Live Seminars:  Online content plus each social and organizational factor is supported by discussion of actual cases and the presenters’ personal experiences.  Participants are invited to discuss their own experiences, application of the factors, and resolutions. 


III. Custom Seminars with Simulated Live Case Studies:  Online content plus an optional element is to create and study simulated cases in depth using scenarios and roleplaying.