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Child abuse prevention training available this month for Clayton, Henry residents

HAMPTON — For those impassioned about the welfare of children and preventing child abuse, there is an opportunity to do more.

Christie Wooten, programs coordinator at the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center, said the center will be offering child abuse prevention training this month and next.

She said the training will be provided through the Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children program, which seeks to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.

Wooten said the program targets responsible adults who care about the welfare of children, but it is also appropriate for youth-serving organizations such as sports leagues, day care centers, afterschool programs, children’s clubs and church groups.

She said topics in the program will include facts about the problem of child sexual abuse, the types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur, strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse, the importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults and identifying signs of sexual abuse in order to help intervene and react responsibly.

Wooten said participants should come away with an increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse.

She said they will earn new skills to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse, and they will be empowered to be more proactive in giving and seeking positive input to change organizational policies and procedures of youth-serving groups.

Wooten added that three continuing education unit hours are available through the program for law enforcement, licensed social workers, counselors, nurses and attorneys.

Two dates are set for the program — Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and Dec. 4, from noon until 3 p.m. — at “the Big Green House,” 2 West Main St. in Hampton.

Registration is $25. To register, call Wooten at 678-479-5189 or email her at cwooten@scsac.org.

Learn more about Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children by visiting www.d2l.org.