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Preventing Abuse in Social Service Organizations

Preventing Abuse in Social Service Organizations

Social service organizations operate with unique program dynamics that require abuse prevention efforts to be purposeful and feasible for their specific program services, populations served, and compliance with regulatory or licensing bodies. Praesidium understands that social service agencies are often serving vulnerable populations who likely have experienced trauma and requires compassionate and individualized care; therefore, abuse risk management for social service agencies cannot be approached as “one-size fits all.” Praesidium partners with social service agencies to equip their organizational and program leaders with knowledge and skills that help prevent victimization and create safe environments for clients in care.

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday, 04/20/2023

2:00 PM ET

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Your Organization

Tuesday, 07/18/2023

2:00 PM ET

Supervising for Safety: Leadership’s Role in Abuse Risk Management

Wednesday, 11/01/2023

2:00 PM ET

Creating & Sustaining a Culture of Safety

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Your Organization

Friday, April 7th  – 2:00 PM ET

As industry standards for abuse prevention change, child welfare and other social service organizations must adjust their approach to abuse risk management and be at the forefront of creating safe environments where youth and families can thrive. Join Praesidium, the national leader in abuse risk management, for a high-level presentation reviewing the scope and dynamics of organizational sexual abuse and higher risk activities and situations for abuse to occur in youth-serving social service programs. This presentation will guide participants through the process of identifying risks specific to their organizations and help them identify opportunities for strengthening their abuse prevention practices.


Who Should Attend?

  • Executive Leaders
  • Child-Care or Child Placing Administrators
  • Program Directors
  • Quality Improvement/Risk Management

Praesidium‘s exceptional training and top-notch services have benefited our services to families and children. Their staff was extremely helpful in providing information on how to decrease risk and tailored trainings to meet the agency’s specific needs. It is great to have a resource like Praesidium to assist agencies in risk management.

—Renay L. Crouse, Executive Vice President of Operations

The Bair Foundation

About Us


Jamie Fray

Jamie Fray oversees Praesidium’s client growth and works with both new and existing clients to ensure organizations are building safe environments for consumers. Prior to joining Praesidium, Fray worked with youth in education, in addition to several years in the healthcare field as a pediatric specialist in Physical Therapy. Fray completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors at the University of Central Arkansas; she has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a master’s degree in Physical Therapy.

Laura Hardin Aceves, LMSW

As a Senior Risk Consultant, Laura Hardin Aceves oversees Praesidium’s work with social service agencies and supports consulting projects for other youth-serving organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Hardin Aceves trains employees and volunteers, conducts management systems reviews and risk assessments, and consults with organizational leaders to ensure the ongoing protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. As a licensed master-level social worker, Hardin Aceves brings to Praesidium her experience of working in youth development, mental health care, child welfare, and community research. She received her bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology and her master’s degree in social work from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

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