Praesidium Releases Updated Accreditation Standards for Sexual Abuse Prevention

The updated standards are based on scientific research, thousands of cases and 30 years of field experience, according to the organization.

Praesidium Accreditation, the national leader in abuse risk management, has updated its accreditation standards, establishing the highest criteria for sexual abuse prevention within organizations to protect children and vulnerable adults within their care from abuse.

Launched in 2003, Praesidium is the only accreditation for evaluating organizations based on abuse prevention. It accredits consumer-serving organizations, including schools, social service agencies, faith-based institutions, childcare facilities, nursing homes and youth development organizations.

“To protect those who need it most, Praesidium Accreditation provides organizations with best practices and resources to strengthen abuse prevention efforts, giving them peace of mind that they have taken the most important step toward providing safe environments,” said Praesidium President and CEO Aaron Lundberg. “Parents want to know that the organization they entrust with the care of their loved ones takes their protection seriously. Abuse is preventable; organizations should ensure they are doing everything in their power to provide a safe environment, and parents can feel confident knowing that they have chosen a Praesidium-accredited organization.”

Praesidium’s updated standards, which are based on the latest scientific research, thousands of cases and 30 years of field experience, allows organizations to publicly demonstrate their commitment to abuse prevention. The enhanced standards provide a description of the empirical research that supports their efficacy.

The organization also updated its scoring system to ensure that the process is comprehensive and aligned to fit an organization’s specific needs based on its offered programs and available services.

The accreditation process takes approximately eight to 12 months and organizations are reevaluated for accreditation every three to five years.

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