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Child abuse prevention training available

HAMPTON — Once again area child welfare advocates will have the opportunity to get child abuse prevention training.

Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center is offering a child abuse prevention training session Monday at its Hampton office.

Programs Coordinator Christie Wooten said “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children” is a nationally available program designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.

Wooten said the program is open to responsible adults as well as youth-serving organizations such as sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children’s clubs and church groups.

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

The next training session is Monday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in “The Big Green House” at 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.