- Floyd County Schools
FCS Receives Grant for Child Abuse Prevention Training for 200 Employees
Floyd County Schools (FCS) was recently awarded a grant that will allow for 200 personnel to be trained in Stewards of Children- an evidence informed prevention program designed to train adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) and FCS are partnering together in the initiative to prevent child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is an adult-focused, sexual abuse prevention training to communities in Georgia. Stewards of Children is a 2-hour, evidence-informed training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and report child sexual abuse. Through a train-the-trainer model and a coordinated effort to bring prevention training to institutions and community leaders across the state, GCCA’s mission is to shift the societal perspective on child sexual abuse and ultimately reduce the occurrence.
The Stewards of Children grant also provides a scholarship for two individuals within the school system to become facilitators of Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children. School Social Workers, Kaitlyn Wilson and Jackie Trammell, are the project coordinators for the grant and will complete the training to become facilitators.
The Rome/Floyd Commission on Children and Youth, along with Harbor House- Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center), have started the initiative in Rome, GA to train 5% of the population in child sexual abuse prevention. Targeting child serving organizations, such as school systems, will continue to move this initiative throughout the county. Rome City Schools was also awarded the grant and both school systems will work together to ensure that the training is completed.
The vision of Dr. Wilson, superintendent of FCS, is to know, value and inspire every child. Student success begins with relationships, high expectations, and support. The faculty and staff of FCS care deeply about the students and will provide them with the educational foundation they need to achieve. The Stewards of Children prevention curriculum supports the vision and goals of FCS. Building relationships with children, combined with prevention and understanding the warning signs of sexual abuse will create a coordinated effort in reducing child sexual abuse in Georgia.
FCS is confident that this prevention effort will leave a positive impact on the school environment. Unfortunately, school professionals are often unaware of the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the community. Stewards of Children will not only bring recognition and awareness of child sexual abuse to the school system, but will provide personnel with the opportunity to discuss various scenarios during training sessions. Child safety is first priority and Stewards of Children will help the effort in providing a safe and positive environment for children.
Contributed by Jackie Trammell and Kaitlyn Wilson