Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiatives and Creating a Culture of Safety

Senior Leaders Seminar

Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiatives and Creating a Culture of Safety

Your school may have the basics of abuse prevention—a policy, background checks and training. But where do you go from here to ensure that your school maintains a consistent culture of safety?

This session is designed to help assess where your school is within the continuum from complacency to compliance to commitment to abuse prevention. Identify which prevention systems you already have in place, their level of implementation across all programs and the school community, and how to prioritize next steps to create or improve your school’s culture of safety.

Navigating next steps means fully integrating abuse prevention initiatives to a create culture of safety. This session will explore:

  • National youth protection and K-12 specific trends and data analysis.

  • Tabletop exercise to help your school assess where you are within a continuum of complacency, compliance and commitment to abuse prevention.

  • Tips on how to create a culture of safety through best practices in a range of operational areas and common situations on and off campus.

  • Challenges in maintaining the momentum of prevention efforts and tips to overcome these challenges in your school.

Learning Objective: Participants will learn national youth protection and K-12 specific trends and data analysis, tips on how to create a culture of safety through best practices in a range of operational areas and common situations on and off campus, and tips on how to maintain the momentum of prevention efforts in their schools.

Featured Speakers

Charol Shakeshaft

Charol Shakeshaft, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University

Charol Shakeshaft has been studying equity in schools for nearly four decades. Charol is the author of three books and over 200 refereed articles and papers. Her research focuses on three strands: the intersection of gender and race in leadership, educator sexual misconduct, and the effectiveness of technology for learning, particularly for students of color.

Dr. Shakeshaft received a $5.2 million grant to develop state of the art principal preparation to include the first immersive, interactive and web-enabled computer simulation for school administrators. She previously completed a three-year national study of the relationships between a school-based risk prevention program and risk behaviors of 6th to 8th grade students. Dr. Shakeshaft was also the principal investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation project to promote interest in science careers among seventh and eighth grade girls of color.

Dr. Shakeshaft completed a report mandated by the U.S. Senate on educator sexual misconduct that has formed the foundation for scholarship, policy, and legal remedies for prevention. Two earlier studies, also funded by the U.S. Department of Education examined responses to reports of educator sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in middle schools. She has just completed a study on the Standard of Care for the Prevention of Educator Sexual Misconduct and is currently completing a book on educator sexual misconduct.

She was elected an AERA fellow in 2015 and also received the 2015 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award. She currently teaches graduate courses in research design, policy research methods, and gender and race equity at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Candace Collins

Candace Collins, JD

Director of Strategic Alliances, Praesidium

Candace Collins works with a variety of clients to assess risk, respond to incidents, and build organizational prevention strategies. She supports Praesidium’s client growth and development and oversees Praesidium’s relationships with insurance partners, international foundations, and select associations. Candace also manages a variety of special projects and Praesidium’s crisis management work.

Prior to joining Praesidium, Candace practiced law for more than ten years, focusing on insurance and corporate defense. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. With an emphasis in consumer and elder protection, Candace prosecuted abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities and group homes. Candace graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a degree in business management and obtained a juris doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now part of the Texas A&M University System).

About Praesidium

Since 1991, Praesidium’s mission is “to help you protect those in your care from abuse and to help preserve trust in your organization.” Praesidium is a national leader in abuse risk management and has worked with education institutions across the nation to help them prevent sexual abuse of students and vulnerable adults, to prevent false allegations of abuse against innocent employees and volunteers, and to prevent the loss of reputation and revenue for organizations serving vulnerable populations. Praesidium’s methodology is based on an analysis of thousands of cases of organizational abuse.

Continuing Education Credit


CPE Credit

Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources
Delivery Method: Group Live
Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Recommended CPE Credits: 3.0

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HRCI Credit

Recommended HRCI Credits: 3.0

HRCI Category: General

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SHRM Credit

SHRM PDC Credit: 3.0

SHRM BoCK: HR Expertise

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