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 email@example.com.
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
Parents throughout Flint and Genesee County meet monthly to learn about the effect of the water crisis and how to help their children cope. This group allows parents to learn, support, and influence change with Genesee County Health Department and other keystakeholders as it relates the resources available to the children of the water crisis.
Mandated Reporter Training
Are you a mandated reporter? Want to find out if you are a mandated reporter? Want to know the signs you should look for? Voices for Children offers individual training and group trainings. Please complete the form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This training teaches adults (especially those who are in frequent contact with children) to identify the signs of abuse and teaches them when they should make a report, who they make it to and how and the information that needs to be included. Mandated Reporters are required to make any suspicions of abuse known to authorities.
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.
Between 2010 and 2015 59 infants in Genesee County died from unsafe conditions. Voices for Children heads the Safe Sleep Coalition to educate the community about the proper sleeping conditions for a child. Below is information about the appropriate sleeping condition for children. We are always here to answer questions and make presentations. Don’t let your baby suffocate to death. This is a tragedy you can prevent. Follow these rules:
- No sleeping in adult beds, couches, recliners, futons or swings.
- No sleeping with adults and other children.
- No sleeping with pillows, blankets, stuffed animals or other soft objects.
6 Steps to ALWAYS Safe Sleep your Baby
- Sleep baby ALONE.
- Sleep baby on his/her BACK.
- Sleep baby in a CRIB.
- Put nothing in baby’s sleep area.
- Do not overdress baby.
- Do not smoke anything around baby.
Other Classes and Trainings
Period of Purple Crying
The Period of PURPLE Crying is a research-based program. It teaches participants how to calm children without becoming abusive, and that crying is a normal part of infancy. 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 Period of PURPLE Crying begins at around two weeks of age and continues until about three or four months of age. Helping parents and caregivers to understand this phase is normal and teaching them strategies to deal with it reduces the likelihood they will resort to shaking or other violent behavior and causing irreversible damage or even death.
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 is a national issue. In Michigan, children are trafficked every day. Voices for Children is a member of the Genesee County Human Trafficking Taskforce. We provide education to parents and teens about preventing Human Trafficking and identifying human trafficking situations. We also co-lead the social services and core investigative Human Trafficking Response in Genesee County. We worked with other social service agencies to develop a countywide protocol on how to respond to child victims of human trafficking.
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.