As adults and dance professionals, it is our job to keep kids and teens safe. And, as with any other activity involving children and teens, the risk of sexual abuse and exploitation exists in our world of dance. To be responsible and ethical we need to educate ourselves on the risks as they currently exist and to arm ourselves with the education, information, resources and compassion needed to address these risks. As Svava Brooks explains:
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“Those who sexually abuse children look for settings where they can gain easy access to children. These include sport leagues, faith centers, clubs and schools.” – Darkness to Light
Organizations can work towards prevention by understanding the risks and empower staff and volunteers, with education, policy and code of conduct, for everyone that works with the organization. The benefit of having a written policy is helpful both for the safety of the children as well as the safety and welfare of the staff and volunteers.
This webinar will give studio owners/teachers the information they need to take steps to ensure the safety of the kids they teach. This webinar is just the beginning. A comprehensive prevention and procedure policy, needs to take into account the organizations activities, environment and values. Additional resources and information will be provided at the end of the webinar. Please bring your questions and concerns
This 90 min interactive webinar will provide the following:
- Facts and Statistics
- What is Child Sexual Abuse?
- Where and how does it happen?
- How can organizations protect themselves
- Code of conduct – They key is transparency!
- How to respond to disclosure?
- How to empower children and families
- How to offer support to victims of abuse
- Further education and resources.
Educator & Advocate
Darkness to Light Stewards of Children
Evidence Based Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Svava Brooks is a survivor of child sexual abuse and the co-founder of a nationwide child sexual abuse prevention and education organization in Iceland called “Blátt áfram.” She is also a certified instructor and facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children, as well as a certified Crisis Intervention Specialist, a certified Parent Educator, a BellaNet Teen support group facilitator, and an Abuse Survivor Coach.
The mother of three children, Svava has dedicated her life to ending the cycle of child sexual abuse through education, awareness, and by helping survivors heal and thrive. She is a certified facilitator for Advance!, a program created by Connections to restore authentic identity. Every week she writes about healing after trauma on her blog, and also leads a discussion forum on Child Sexual Abuse Healing and Recovery online.