Creating safer spaces for children.

A Partner in Prevention is an organization or business that has committed the time and effort to educate themselves on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. An organization receives the Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention distinction when they have successfully met the annual guidelines established by Darkness to Light.

What the Partner in Prevention Distinction Means to Parents:

Organizations that train their staff and volunteers create an environment that better protect children. Perpetrators are drawn to places where they can have easy access to children. An organization that emphasizes prevention through training and appropriate polices is an unwelcoming place for a perpetrator. Training increases staff and volunteer awareness that teaches them to recognize the signs that an opportunity exists for abuse to occur, and the signs that abuse has occurred. It is also critical that staff and volunteers know how to react if they recognize the signs or if a child discloses abuse.

The Partner in Prevention Commitment Includes:

  • Making prevention a priority by using Stewards of Children® to train staff and volunteers who interact with youth
  • Conducting background checks on staff and volunteers who work with youth
  • Implementing policy that limits opportunities for one adults to be alone with one child

The Partner in Prevention distinction does not confer any endorsement or approval of an organization or business by Darkness to Light. The program and associated emblem is intended only to convey that the organization has met certain training standards and is not an endorsement of the services provided.

“It is a symbol of pride for us to be counted amount those organizations who are so devoted to protecting and serving children in our community; we are proud of what we’ve accomplished and the community we’ve built here at JW around our policy and the Stewards of Children training. We want to be part of the solution; we want to be proactive and this distinction is recognition for our work and our passion.”

Hope Murphy, Director of Children’s Ministries, John Wesley United Methodist Church, South Carolina