Child Sexual Abuse: Protective Strategies

This learning program improves direct service workers’ ability to support protected environments for children and adolescents in foster care settings, who are vulnerable and at increased risk of sexual abuse. Learners will be better able to describe healthy sexual development and behaviors and identify warning signs of child sexual abuse. Using motivational interviewing techniques and a trauma-informed approach, direct service staff will be able to promote healing for children and caregivers. Before attending this instructor-led training, learners must complete all course prerequisites listed below and an online pre-test. 


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff and supervisors working in Child Protection, Prevention and Foster Care services.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Be able to support protected environments for children at risk of sexual abuse.
  • Refresh their skills in recognizing the warning signs of child sexual abuse.
  • Learn to communicate with families about boundaries to reinforce protection and mitigate vulnerability of children to sexual abuse.


Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed the Motivational Interviewing learning program offered through the ACS Workforce Institute or equivalent.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A two-day, instructor-led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 13 contact hours/1.3 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components. 



To register and for more information about this course, email Marta Colon at For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at or call (212) 748-1898.


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