7 days can change everything

7 Days Can Change Everything

In as little as seven days, you can go from the gnawing uncertainty about how much more you could be doing to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse to know you are using risk management best practices. 

You will also contribute to constantly improving the best child protection practices.

Whether you take 7 days or 30 is up to you.  Though you can go quicker and slower, we recommend you take 3 or 4 days minimum for each of the initial sexual abuse risk assessment and system customization stages. 

3 days is enough to engage with sexual abuse risk, and more than 15 can involve diminishing returns from the effort you put in.  

And remember, you are going to adapt and continuously improve your system as you improve how well you understand your organization’s risks and control options.  So you shouldn’t expect the initial assessment and customization to be anything more than just that; initial.  

Your Journey

In “The Journey,” I start by discussing where we expect you to be today. 

I discuss what’s causing your challenges and outline your choices for addressing them. 

I finish by describing how you can complete a full sexual abuse risk assessment and customize your sexual abuse risk management best practice system in 7 days or less. 

I also describe the story you will be able to tell in two years as you maintain your system.    

Symptoms - here's where you likely are now

In “Symptoms,” I discuss the symptoms that organizations tell us cause them to realize they must change how they try to prevent sexual abuse.  Organizations know they must change:

  • After they have had to deal with a sexual abuse incident or allegation;
  • When insurance becomes too expensive or unavailable; or
  • When the people working for the organization and its stakeholders realize they need to use more than the safe environment if the organization is going to protect children or itself.

Causes - what's causing what you are feeling now

In “Causes,” I discuss why sexual abuse prevention isn’t working well enough to prevent sexual abuse from rising.  

I explain why the traditional safe environment is incomplete by design and is over twenty years out of date.   I also talk about how the safe environment isn’t:

  • systematic
  • customizable or
  • adaptable.

These matter because they result in a lack of engagement with sexual abuse risk.  If you wonder why engagement matters, try to think of the last time you took a risk without thinking carefully about it first…

Treatment - your options for change

In “Treatment,” I discuss all your choices to address the causes.  I discuss each of the bottom-up options (adding to the safe environment controls):

  • DIY or consultants and
  • the insurance + services option.

I compare these to a top-down approach, where instead of trying to fill the gaps in a fundamentally flawed approach, you use current risk management best practice to prevent sexual abuse. 

Prognosis - where you will be working with us

In “Prognosis,” I show how you can have a sexual abuse risk management best practice system up and running in as little as 7 days, guaranteed in 30 if you do the work.  I’ll also show you where you’ll be in two years.

In both cases, you will be:

  • Confident you are protecting children and vulnerable adults as well as possible,
  • Convincing when you ask others to trust that you take child protection seriously, and
  • Sure you are comprehensively protecting your organization. 
But in 2 years, you will have a consistent record of conscientious protection to support your confidence.