Equipping South Carolina to prevent child abuse and neglect

Our training and professional development opportunities work to give child-serving professionals the tools they need to empower families to prevent child abuse, neglect and injuries. We offer a diverse set of learning opportunities from statewide conferences and summits to specialized sessions on a focused curriculum.

Bringing the protective factors to life in your work

Developed by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, this approach helps child welfare systems, early education networks and other programs in work with parents to build protective factors.

Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.

Depending on the needs of your group, this training can be customized in a series, a general overview or focus on a specific protective factor.

Parental resilience

Families are strong and flexible.

Social connections

Families need friends.

Concrete supports in times of need

Families know where and how to find help.

Knowledge of parenting and child development

Families know how children grow.

Social and emotional competence of children

Families help children deal with their feelings and emotions.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) training

Understanding the effects of child abuse through ACEs training

Master trainers, certified in a nationally-recognized curriculum, provide detailed information on the many aspects of the ACE Study and available research. Training will be tailored to your audience and can include the neuroscience behind childhood adversity, the history and application of the original ACE study, and the ways to promote prevention and resilience in order to reduce the impact of ACEs.

Master trainers can adapt the trainings to the needs and interests of the audience, which can include customization for school social workers, adolescent counselors and providers, foster parents, mentors and the general public.

Upcoming ACE training events (Coming soon)

Training South Carolina child passenger safety technicians

Our goal remains the prevention of child fatalities and devastating injuries by providing training support for programs that enable volunteer child passenger safety technicians to maintain certification and learn the most current information regarding safety regulations, manufacturer updates and equipment. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death nationally for children ages 0 to 19.

Children's Trust, home to Safe Kids South Carolina, teams with local Safe Kids coalitions across South Carolina and the Department of Health and Environmental Control to train child passenger safety (CPS) technicians – who are primarily firefighters, law enforcement, EMS workers and state agency employees – and increase the number of car seat fitting stations to reach every county.

More about our work to train CPS technicians (Coming soon)

A systems approach to prevention

Positive Parenting Program - Triple P

Children’s Trust is collaborating with the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program, more commonly known as Triple P, to implement it across the state through Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention funding. Backed by more than 30 years of ongoing research, Triple P is currently used nationally and internationally to give parents practical strategies to assist them in managing their children’s behavior.

This support system is designed to prevent behavioral and emotional issues in children and teenagers before they arise. Triple P, which is built on five core principles, has a range of ways for parents to receive assistance, from single-visit consultations to public seminars and group courses to private sessions.

Parent peer support with Parent Cafés

Parent Café brings parents together for structured conversations about the challenges and rewards of raising children. By encouraging meaningful and reflective dialogue led by host facilitators, these conversations incorporate the protective factors and promote peer-to-peer learning. Protective factors help families thrive, reduce the incidence and consequences of child abuse and neglect, strengthen families and empower communities.

A café will have a minimum of five sessions and content is based on the Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework of leadership development and parent partnership. The goal is to create a safe, learning environment where participants are comfortable discussing parenting issues that concern them. We can train facilitators, set-up a series or customize a program for your community.

Child sexual abuse prevention training

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children® is the only nationally available program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors around preventing child sexual abuse. This revolutionary program is appropriate for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children. It is also appropriate for youth-serving organizations, including sports leagues, day care centers, after-school programs, children’s clubs, and church groups.

More about Stewards of Children

Safe sleep practices for infants

This curriculum follows the latest recommendations on safe sleep practices from the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been developed for parents and for professionals. It focuses on what can be done to minimize risk factors and create practices that protect children, especially those under 1 year of age.

The basic message begins with the ABCs of safe sleep – babies should always sleep alone, on their backs, and in a crib free of bedding, pillows and toys. Resistance to the message, due to conflicting information passed down through generations as well as tired parents who will do anything to get their babies to go to sleep, also is addressed.

Upcoming safe sleep training events (Coming soon)

Shaken baby syndrome

Increasing the awareness of injuries with abusive head trauma

Increase awareness of the injuries involved with abusive head trauma. The curriculum uses the Reality Works Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator. It also presents documented information for non-medical professionals about abusive head trauma and provides discussions and coping strategies designed to educate participants about this devastating and preventable injury.

Contact our training team (Coming soon)