Community Prevention Workshops

Keeping Children Safe from Abuse, Neglect and Injury

Children’s Trust is hosting a series of regional workshops in communities throughout South Carolina to help build skills that will work to keep children safe.

This full-day training will include sessions on building strong families using protective factors, child passenger safety information, safe sleep and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The event is open to any community member interested in working to keep children free from abuse, neglect and injuries. Case workers, program supervisors, child care providers, foster parents, youth-serving professionals are encouraged to attend.


Workshops will be offered throughout South Carolina:

  • Tuesday, March 1, Columbia – Deadline: Feb. 24
  • Tuesday, March 8, Aiken – Deadline: March 2
  • Wednesday, April 21, Charleston – Deadline: April 13
  • Wednesday, May 11, Myrtle Beach - Deadline: May 2 
  • Wednesday, June 22, Greenville – Register online / Deadline: June 16

Participants are welcome to attend any workshop. Content will be the same for each session so participants only need to sign up for one session. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge to attend. Contact hours will be available.

Workshop description

Protective Factor Framework: Bringing Protective Factors to Life in Your Work

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is an international initiative that aims to develop and enhance five specific characteristics (called protective factors) that help keep families strong and children safe from abuse and neglect. The protective factor framework was designed to assist professionals who work with children and families in promoting the optimal development of all children while protecting vulnerable children from maltreatment. Strengthening Families Protective Factors framework is not another program to add to an agency’s to do list. Rather a different approach to working with families that can be best interpreted and applied in a variety of settings, with small but significant changes to daily practice rather than large scale program modifications.

This training is a hands-on, interactive experience for adult learners. It will include role paying, small group discussions, experiments, and other activities that will keep participants engaged in the learning process.

This learning session will address all five protective factors and how we as professionals can change the lens in which we view families in order to better support them.The curriculum addresses a strengths based approach to partnering with families to support them in building protective factors and helping their children thrive.

Child Passenger Safety

This curriculum follows the latest recommendations on child passenger safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and American Academy of Pediatrics. The approach has been developed for parents and for professionals to learn the basics on keeping children in the safest possible scenario while traveling. The discussion includes: the law, types of child safety seats, installation and other safety aspects while traveling with a child.

Safe Sleep

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 safe sleep practices, environments and risk factors and provides an overview of key terms such as SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and SUIDS (sudden unexplained infant death.) The myths and common mis-perceptions will also be discussed.

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Introduction to ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) is designed for rapid dissemination of accurate information that promotes understanding of how developmental adversity affects health and well-being throughout the life course. The participant will learn about the ACE study findings, the biology of adversity including neuroscience and epigenetics that tell us why ACEs are so powerful.  This session will also include what we can do to promote resilience, recovery, and self-healing communities.