Protect Kids

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 similarities. The similarities, related risks, and   solutions are the basis for this program.

 

Goal   

 

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

 

·       Understand, measure, and manage risks better.

·       Write and implement better policies and procedures.

·       Recognize abuse and report it with confidence.

·       Maintain related, external contacts.

·       Recognize and respond to developing issues.

 

Program

 

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, Deception, & Solutions.

 

1.     The Law.  The Law is Not Well Understood.  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 people.  They fear reporting can result in their being disliked, ostracized, harmed, or sued.

 

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 have received little empathy.

 

6.     Deception.  Abusers are Adept at Varying Criminal Concealment.  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 deceptions.

 

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

 

Online:  Online training includes seven modules.  Six modules cover each of the six key factors with excerpts of cases, lessons learned, and guides.  The seventh module covers solutions:  risk management models and an organizational risk profile. 

 

Custom Seminars:  Each of these social and organizational factors is supported by discussion of actual cases, research, and the presenters’ personal experiences.  Training participants are invited to discuss their own experiences, application of the factors, and potential resolutions. 

 

Optional In-Depth Case Studies:  An optional custom element is to study either actual or simulated cases in depth.  Evaluated are impacts the six factors played in them and resolutions using scenarios and roleplaying.

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