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Evidence and Efficacy of Stewards of Children Prevention Training
Proving that any program has prevented child sexual abuse is difficult due to the complexity, inherent secrecy, significant under-reporting, and difficulty in accurate data collection. Child sexual abuse prevention and intervention programs have typically evaluated efficacy by measuring increases in participants’ knowledge, alterations in attitudes and changes in child protective behaviors.
Darkness to Light’s 2004 Stewards of Children curriculum was evaluated multiple times and consistently met these criteria. It underwent four quasi-experimental studies, and a fifth 3-year study using full experimental design. The Stewards of Children curriculum has been shown to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change participant’s behavior over the long-term. Click here for an example of the Impact of Stewards.
Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed curriculum that has undergone rigorous review by the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse.