If individuals need to complete training outside of provided opportunities, they may utilize a variety of online training programs and information. There have been many online courses developed that address a variety of organizations, from education to religious to other youth serving programs that are both free and easily accessible. There may also be those that are free to pre-approved members, and then there are commercial providers of programs an organization may purchase training modules from. It is up to your organization to select the method that works best for your staff and/or volunteers. The following list of resources is not all inclusive of opportunities that exist, but that are free or low cost to the trainee.
The online training programs originate from various perspectives, and no one program is likely to fit every youth group program or activity. The organization requiring the training may choose to recommend the course that would best resemble the types of programs they offer. It is strongly suggested that the appropriate staff or volunteers review all training programs and select that which best suits the needs of the organization.
This is a short list of some programs and materials available at the time of this web update (3/2016) that could meet the requirement of this ordinance:
1. Darkness to Light - Stewards for Children
"This prevention training program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the safety of children as well as organizations that serve youth."
- This is a very good, low cost online training program available in both English and Spanish.
- Program provides certificate upon successful completion of the Exit Test.
2. Boy Scouts of America
(BSA). BSA online Youth Protection training program is an interactive video and question response program. Although the training focuses specifically on Boy Scouts of America policies and situations,the principles and methodologies can easily be adapted to meet a wide variety of youth-serving organizations.
a. This program is free, but requires account creation with BSA to create a
training record. One does not need to be a registered BSA member to
take the course.
b. Upon completion of the program, a certificate can be issued and used as
proof of training completion to the requiring organization.
c. This link provides access to a YouTube production
that also provides
additional information with regards to content and MyScouting
registration for the course completion quiz.
3. International Mission Board
The video and set of accompanying materials is designed for Christian communities with mission programs. However, the materials covered in the Child Protection Training Video are primarily secular, very clear and easily applicable to any program or setting with children. Materials provided include a Leader's Guide, a Learner's Guide, Answers to Learner's Guide Questions, a scenario based Discussion Guide and the Suggested Responses in those situations. This is designed to be viewed as a group training so there is no online proof of completion. Your organization may choose to create an affadavit of volunteer completion, such as the Pine Terrace Baptist Church provides in their extensive Child Protection Policy and Training materials. They also link to Protect My Ministry, who offers fee-based Child Safety Training
in an online course.