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Praesidium Report 2022

The national landscape of abuse prevention efforts is rapidly evolving, and diverse contributions across this landscape are collectively strengthening how we protect individuals from abuse. The Praesidium Report is one-of-a-kind in this field, and this year's edition includes more applicable information than ever. Inside, we share our most valuable research findings from both recent and decades-long studies and reviews. You'll get the most complete overview of the sexual abuse prevention landscape available today.

  • The Safety Equation®: the gold standard of sexual abuse risk mitigation
  • Insights from Know Your Score™ self-assessments from operations like yours
  • New data from the Praesidium Accreditation program
  • Analysis of membership requirements of ten of the largest federated youth-serving organizations
  • Insights from 9 years of Helpline data
  • Insights and statistics from 44 sexual abuse civil cases

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What's in the report?

KYS! Trends

We've reviewed the scores of almost 1,000 KYS!™ assessments according to our 23 standards. In the Praesidium Report 2022, you can see where organizations like yours typically excel and where they continue to struggle. Why is this data necessary? Because it tells you where you can expect to need additional resources and solutions.

Accreditation Data

A periodic assessment is a crucial progress management tool, but it can't replace a genuine culture of safety. External verification is the only way to show your stakeholders – and yourself – that your organization is performing up to standard. Praesidium's data reveals the process of creating a culture of safety and acquiring accreditation.

Benchmarking Analysis

Our federated youth-serving partners have a huge impact on industry standards. We've analyzed the membership requirements of ten of these consortiums, which comprise 15,000 state and local entities serving over 20 million youth.

In this report, you'll see how well those membership requirements align with each of Praesidium's 23 standards. By reviewing correlations, you can see how stakeholder pressure shapes the environment and where your organization might need to pivot to meet growing expectations.


Who is Praesidium?

Praesidium is the national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. With over 30 years of experience, serving thousands of clients, our dedicated team of researchers, psychologists, attorneys, social workers, and human resources professionals have analyzed thousands of cases and synthesized the latest scientific research. We know how abuse happens in organizations and, more importantly, how to prevent it.

What is Praesidium's approach to managing the risk of abuse in clients' organizations?

Praesidium uses a systems-based approach created from the scientific research of thousands of reported incidents of abuse. This analysis identified that the root causes of these situations often fall into one or more of the eight organizational operations, which, taken together, comprise Praesidium’s Safety Equation®. We help our clients implement best-practice standards in each of the eight operations to close gaps, decrease risks, and create safer environments within their organizations.

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If you're responsible for the care of even a single person, you owe it to them and to yourself to learn how abuse happens and how you can stop it from happening. Don't let risk exist for another day. Get the report, and start identifying your risks and solutions right now. Have additional questions? Ready to get started on preventing abuse and creating a culture of safety? Contact our team today!

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