Whose responsibility, is it? (Plan to Protect® Trainers)

We are often asked the question, whose responsibility is it? In our recent newsletters, we have been reviewing the different portfolios of individuals serving on your safety team. This month we are examining the role and responsibilities of your trainer. 

Check out our blogs for the first three segments in the series:

1) The role and responsivities of the Board,

2) The role and responsibilities of Senior Leaders and Staff

3) The role and responsibilities of the Plan to Protect® Administrator. 

It is not an easy task to deliver content about the prevalence of abuse, coaching the listener on how to prevent abuse and the importance of reporting abuse in a respectful and inspiring way. It is not an easy task to be ready with the answers to the myriad of questions and tenacity to overcome challenges that arise during a training. There is a great need for qualified, committed trainers who are life-long learners themselves. However, the benefits are many!

To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Trainer, CLICK HERE

How to be an AWESOME trainer in 5 easy steps

Written by Mollie Sitwell

Program Lead for Training

While the title of this article may be a little misleading – there are no guarantees that following these steps will make someone an AWESOME trainer – there most certainly are things that we can do to make us more effective and have a greater impact as we train our staff and volunteers in abuse prevention.

First, I must confess that when I became a certified trainer with Plan to Protect® in 2013, I was fairly certain that the company wouldn't be in business for long. I was confident that people would learn to do better through the training and would thus put this small company out of business in no time flat. I could not have been more wrong! Today, more than ever, we need to train people on abuse prevention and protection as child, youth, and vulnerable adult abuse reports seem to be multiplying exponentially! The work that our certified trainers do is critically important. It is thrilling to have people delivering our abuse prevention training worldwide! We should not be discouraged that things do not seem to be changing on a global level as we can be confident that we are making a difference in our own little corners of the world one training at a time!

The five things trainers can do to become even stronger and more impactful in their training are: 

  1. Keep learning! I recently read a disturbing yet powerfully motivating book, "Unspeakable" by Jessica Willis Fisher. I also watched the movie "The Sound of Freedom," which has rocked my world. Continuously incorporating new scenarios and stories into our training keeps us current and demonstrates to our students that these things are happening today. Continuous learning breathes new life into what we are doing – AWESOME!
  2. Keep watching! Be involved in the goings on at your organization so that you can observe for yourself what works and what doesn't. If you see things that need to change or be tweaked or retaught, this is AWESOME!
  3. Keep connecting! Be available to your volunteers and staff and ask them questions. Let them help you see how the policies and procedures impact the people that are carrying them out. Being there as a source of support and encouragement is AWESOME!
  4. Keep recruiting! Safety is not one person's responsibility! Find other like-minded people to help with the training (make sure they get certified) and to keep working at ensuring the safety of everyone in your organization. Building a team is AWESOME!
  5. Keep certifying! Our Train the Trainer certification is valid for three years. We recently added Train the Trainer Evergreen for those who already have their Train the Trainer Levels 1 and 2. Evergreen is receiving rave reviews!

We are truly thankful for the hundreds of Plan to Protect® certified trainers that are in the trenches working tirelessly to make the world a better and safer place. We consider our trainers to be one of the most incredible people in the world; they are truly AWESOME!

“This has been very insightful and is jam-packed with information!” Roots Christian Homeschool 

“You get very thorough information, and I appreciate how the course is organized and well structured. I would recommend this course to any organization working with children/youth and vulnerable adults.” Strong Minds Strong Kids

Check out our recent blog post, 'The Sound of Freedom: We God's children are not for sale!' written by Mollie Sitwell.

For the very first time in my life, I attended a movie alone. I tried to bring someone along. I invited five different people, in fact. Finally, I resigned myself to the fact that no one else was interested, so I grabbed my box of Kleenex and watched what would end up being a life-changing film!... READ MORE

We strongly encourage you to see this movie. We do not recommend it for children. Check out the official trailer by CLICKING HERE

Would you like to have a certified Plan to Protect® National Trainer provide your next training for your volunteers and staff? A new, fresh, engaging voice to speak to the importance of safeguarding children, youth and vulnerable adults. 

Call and book a trainer to deliver either an onsite training or a private webinar and save 25% off our regular pricing.


1-877-455-3555 ext. 22

Some conditions apply:

  • Training must be paid for prior to 8/31/23
  • Training does not need to be scheduled for August but must be scheduled prior to 12/31/23
  • No other discounts apply
  • Discount does not apply to mileage costs

Plan to Protect® 101

August 8, 2023

12:30pm - 1:00pm Eastern Time

Learn the basics and standard of Plan to Protect® This is a complimentary webinar. Register to participate LIVE with Q&A time, or to receive access to an instant replay.



Special Interest Webinar: Ultimate Supervision Checklist - identify the risk - reduce the risk - take the risk

August 10, 2023

12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Time

During our Deeper Dive series of seminars in 2023, we will be showcasing and updating our most popular topics of safeguarding. This month, we will be reviewing our safety checklist to ensure that children, youth and vulnerable adults in our care as well as staff and volunteers, are safe.

Non-members $35/person plus tax

Members Free


Plan to Protect® Refresher LIVE Webinar

August 24, 2023

8:00pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Great for individuals and groups who need to be refreshed in Plan to Protect® policies and procedures.

$30/person plus tax

Bundle options available.


Plan to Protect® Orientation LIVE Webinar

August 26, 2023

1:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time

Join us for this two hour orientation training covering awareness of abuse, prevention, reporting and response and so much more!

$35/person plus tax

Bundle options available.