While it is important to protect children who needs help today, it is equally important to protect other children from harm in the first place. That is why Voices for Children also focuses on prevention. Prevention wears many faces and must occur in many places to be effective. Following are a few of the abuse prevention classes that we offer. Contact us to inquire about training or to schedule a session.
The staff at Voices for Children are available to provide training and educational presentations to the community. We also can provide educational programs to school children on keeping safe from abuse.
Stewards of Children Training
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations that serve children and youth and any/all adults interested in protecting children. This program recognizes that adults are responsible for the safety of children. Classes are held regularly. If you are interested in attending a class or scheduling a class for your group please complete the contact form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Leadership Group
Our Local Leadership Group works together with the home visiting programs of Genesee County and the Social-Emotional workgroup of the Great Start Collaborative. The purpose of this group is to enhance and provide better opportunities for home visiting programs and early childhood services.
The LLG promotes home visiting throughout the community as an essential and effective practice. The LLG also coordinates, guides, and advises countywide home visiting services and training opportunities for home visitors.
Healthy Start Lead Expansion – Response to the Flint Water Crisis – Parent Group
Was your child exposed to Flint water during the height of the Flint Water Crisis? Are you concerned about the aftermath of this exposure and the effect it may or may not have on your children? The Genesee County Health Department Lead Exposure Access Program (LEAP) seeks to provide referrals to local resources for families that could help offset the risk of future complications due to exposure during the water crisis. As residents and parents, you are the experts surrounding what services and referrals have been effective and which have not. The LEAP Parent Advisory meets monthly to advise sub-recipient organizations of the Genesee County Health Department regarding the work that they are doing and the true needs of Flint families living through the water crisis. Participants are given opportunities for professional development training and supports to help them involve and refer other families to services and the help that they need surrounding the crisis. To learn more about the LEAP Parent Advisory Group, contact email@example.com.
Mandated Reporter Training
Michigan Child Protection Law mandates that certain professionals must report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect. Even if you are not mandated by law to report suspicions, each of us should feel ethically responsible to report any inclination that a child may be unsafe. Voices for Children offers individual and group Mandated Reporter trainings that go over signs to look for in identifying abuse and neglect, the process of making a report, and other frequently asked questions. If you would like to host a training for your staff, community group, or to learn more as an individual, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices for Children provides integration of child abuse and neglect programming to all Genesee County School District children. Children need to learn the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touch, but this is a difficult topic. Our programs teach children from preschool through third grade about personal body safety, particularly sexual abuse issues. Our staff assists teachers in educating children about the Michigan Body Safety Model. We also provide education to elementary, middle school and high school about: reporting abuse, appropriate dating relationships, sexting, and cyberbullying.
Placing an emphasis on educating parents about child abuse factors and positive parenting is an important component of preventing child abuse. Voices for Children works with parents to teach them how to protect their children, prevent child abuse, respond appropriately to a child disclosing child abuse, and parenting tips to assist with raising children.
Our staff trains local professionals such as teachers, physicians, child care providers and human service staff on various child welfare topics such mandated reporter requirements, child sexual abuse prevention, infant safe sleep, shaken baby/abusive head trauma, and others.
Our public speaker series focuses on subjects related to child abuse and neglect. The sessions are facilitated by local professionals with expertise in child psychology, pediatrics and more.
In just 5 years in Genesee county, there were 59 infant deaths directly related to how and where those infants were placed to sleep. These deaths would not have happened had the children been placed in their proper sleep environments, which means that these deaths are 100% preventable. So why are sleep-related infant deaths the leading cause of death of infants less than one-year-old? The Safe Sleep Coalition of Genesee County, under the umbrella of the Local Leadership Group, seeks to educate the community about the rules of safe sleep. It's as easy as 'ABC'...
A- Alone : Share the room and not the bed. Baby should have a space all to themselves, completely free of toys, blankets, bumper pads, etc. Nothing in the crib at all, except the child.
B- Back : Babies should be placed on their backs for sleep every time. They are less likely to choke when placed on their back.
C - Crib : Babies should be placed in a crib, pack-and-play, or bassinet for every sleep; at night time, and at nap time. Never place a baby in an adult bed, on a couch or chair, or on the floor for seep.
Other Classes and Trainings
Abusive Head Trauma/PURPLE Crying
Abusive Head Trauma, formerly known as 'shaken baby syndrome' occurs when an infant is violently shaken by a much bigger, stronger caregiver. The data suggests that crying is the number one reason why children are abused. The Period of PURPLE Crying is a research-based program that teaches parents about a developmental period in infancy where the child's crying increases. PURPLE is an acronym used to describe specific characteristics of an infant’s crying during this phase: Peak of crying, Unexpected, Resists soothing, Pain-like face, Long lasting and Evening. The PURPLE crying period takes place within the second month of the infant's life. Helping parents and caregivers to understand this phase is normal and teaching them strategies to deal with increased crying reduces the likelihood that their frustration could lead to a split-second decision that could have a lasting impact.
Body Safety Training
Body Safety Training teaches children body safety and empowers them to know that is okay to say NO to an adult that makes them feel uncomfortable. Additionally, for children ages K-5, student comprehend concepts related to hazards that threaten personal safety, including personal space and boundaries, appropriate and inappropriate touch, who to ask for help and how to get away in cases of inappropriate touching. For children in middle school and high school we provide safe dating information, sexting, and bullying program.
Child Abuse Relating topics
Voices for Children offers classes to educate parents on ways they can learn to make sure their children are safe on the internet and apps on their phones. We offer classes for teens about appropriate dating relationships, social media safety, and education about the scams that occur on social media websites. For more ways to keep your child safe on the internet please look at the links below.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Human Trafficking: Human Trafficking is a hot topic in our media and society today, but this issue of individuals being exploited for the gain of another is an issue that our center deals with daily. Voices for Children is a part of the Genesee County Human Trafficking Taskforce. We provide education to parents and teens debunking myths and misconceptions surrounding the issue, identifying red flags to look for, and informing the community about how to report suspected human trafficking situations. To schedule a training, contact email@example.com.
Sex Offender Registry Training
Learn how to use the National and Statewide registry to find sex offenders in your neighborhood or people who are around your children.