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Child Abuse Prevention Training
Organizations may meet this training requisite in a variety of ways. The organization may provide in-person training as a regular part of its staff or volunteer orientation and there may be annual training opportunities provided to new staff/volunteers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also has an excellent guide for organizations who work with children that offers much in the way of developing policies and procedures for child protection, including training and facilitation information.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures.

There are commercial providers who have programs that an organization may purchase training modules from or an organization may have their own contacts and expertise to provide the training. The following information lists a few local organizations that may provide these types of training or may consult with your organization in the development of your own training.

Online Training
If individuals need to complete training outside of provided opportunities, they may utilize a variety of online training programs and information. There have been many online courses developed that address a variety of organizations, from education to religious to other youth serving programs that are both free and easily accessible. There may also be those that are free to pre-approved members, and there are commercial providers of programs an organization may purchase training modules from. It is up to your organization to select the method that works best for your staff and/or volunteers.  The following list of resources is not all inclusive of opportunities that exist, but that are free or low cost to the trainee.

The online training programs originate from various perspectives, and no one program is likely to fit every youth group program or activity.  The organization requiring the training may choose to recommend the course that would best resemble the types of programs they offer. It is strongly suggested that the appropriate staff or volunteers review all training programs and select that which best suits the needs of the organization.

This is a short list of some programs and materials available at the time of this web update (5/2012) that could meet the requirement of this ordinance:

1.Boy Scouts of America (BSA). BSA online Youth Protection training program is an interactive video and question response program. Although the training focuses specifically on Boy Scouts of America policies and situations,the principles and methodologies can easily be adapted to meet a wide variety of youth-serving organizations.
        a. This program is free, but requires account creation with BSA to create a 
            training record.  One does not need to be a registered BSA member to 
            take the course.
        b. Once account is created and individual is signed in, access to the Youth 
            Protection Program is under the E-Learniing menu, the General tab.
        c. Upon completion of the program, a certificate can be issued and used as 
            proof of training completion to the requiring organization.
        d. This link provides access to a YouTube production that also provides 
            additional information with regards to content and MyScouting 
            registration for the course completion quiz.

2.    International Mission Board (IMB)
This video and set of accompanying materials is designed for Christian communities with mission programs. However, the materials covered in the Child Protection Training Video are primarily secular, very clear and easily applicable to any program or setting with children. Materials provided include a Leader's Guide, a Learner's Guide, Answers to Learner's Guide Questions, a scenario based Discussion Guide and the Suggested Responses in those situations. This is designed to be viewed as a group training so there is no online proof of completion. Your organization may choose to create an affadavit of volunteer completion, such as the Pine Terrace Baptist Church provides in their extensive Child Protection Policy and Training materials.

3. Baylor University-Event Services: Child Protection and Abuse Prevention Training
Texas state law requires every adult attendiing a state-licensed camp with minor children to successfully complete sexual abuse and child molestation training with a written test approved by the Department of State Health Services. In response, the Texas Baptist Camp Managers Conference, Inc. produced this is as a 4-part video training program for their and other other Texas camps. Please note that it does refer to Texas law with regards to reporting, etc., but the information presented is appropriate nationwide.
    a. This site has the course and completion test available for download.

4. Darkness to Light-Stewards for Children
"This prevention training program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the safety of children as well as organizations that serve youth."
    a. This is a low cost online training program available in both English and 
    b. Program provides certificate upon successful completion of the Exit Test.

Additional Training and Polciy Development Resources

A few other agencies or individuals that may provide additional information or resources for child abuse prevention training include:

Children's Collaborative Action Team (CCAT)
The San Mateo County Child Abuse Council
400 Harbor Blvd., Bldg B
Belmont, CA 94002
Child Abuse Prevention Training Requests-Contact Renee Zimmerman, CCAT Coordinator
Provides leadership torevent child abuse by advocating and coordinating resources and raising community awareness through education and training.

YMCA San Francisco
Wesley "Chip" Rich
District Vice President
Executive Director, Urban Services

Created regional Child Abuse Polcy and training procedures for the YMCA organization.

Friends for Youth's mentoring Institute
1741 Broadway, First Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
"SAFE: Screening Applicants for Effectiveness. Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations". An excellent resource for individuals and agencies that are designing and implementing effective youth programs.

National Alliance for Youth Sports Headquarters
2050 Vista Parkway
West Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Policy Guidelines titles "Background Screening in Youth Sports". THis document provides good information and resources regarding background checks and child protection policies and procedures development.

Certification Card

Your organization may request a blank copy of the Compliance Certification cards that an be distributed to staff and volunteers upon training completion  for their proof of training to any youth organization operating in the City of San Mateo. Additionally, upon request with submittal of the compliance document, the City can provide a Certificate of Compliance for your  records to verify organizational compliance with the ordinance. For either document, please provide the following information in an email request and the City will return a PDF copy of the blank cards and/or mail a hard copy of the signed Certificate of Compliance.

  • Organization name
  • Requester name & title
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email

You may contact Sandy Belluomini at . for further information.

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