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Area Director Christian Wyatt Earns Certified Praesidium Guardian Designation

Committing to the highest standards in sexual abuse prevention

Columbia, TN – Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Tennessee (BGCSCTN) announced today that Christian Wyatt has been deemed a Certified Praesidium Guardian (CPG) by Praesidium, a national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. He joins a community of professionals who have demonstrated that they are committed to creating a culture of safety through risk management and best practices in sexual abuse prevention.

The CPG certification was created to recognize individuals who are dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. To attain certification, Christian successfully completed a robust certification process, where he became proficient in best practices in organizational abuse prevention that includes specific steps to prevent incidents of abuse by employees, volunteers, or program participants.

Christian also demonstrated his knowledge on how to respond effectively if an allegation or incident occurs, and how to ensure that BGCSCTN stays current and consistent in the implementation of abuse prevention best practices.

To become a Certified Praesidium Guardian, Christian met requirements in three areas:

  • Education – Completed pre-workshop assignment that included of six hours of online training
  • Experience – Attended an immersive workshop experience, either virtually or in-person, amounting to 20 hours of learning, discussion, and application of abuse risk management skills rooted in Praesidium’s Safety Equation™
  • Knowledge – Completed a post-workshop Impact Project where the Guardian demonstrated their abuse prevention knowledge by putting it into practice in a tangible way at their organization. The Impact Project is specific to each Guardian and their organization and is reviewed by an expert Praesidium Consultant.

Christian will be certified for three years, and during this time will continuously work towards creating a safe environment and demonstrating his commitment to protecting those in their care from abuse.

Praesidium and BGCSCTN are proud of Christian and his efforts to enhancing the culture of safety at BGCSCTN. His continued work has helped remind staff of our commitment to child abuse prevention and that everyone has the responsibility to protect those in their care. He is an excellent resource for our organization and the surrounding community in sexual abuse prevention.

BGCSCTN opened in 1999 when it was officially chartered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Club programs are designed to accomplish three key goals for youth: academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. BGCSCTN has achieved national and state recognition for academic program success and currently serves more than 1,200 youth per year through youth and teen centers in Columbia, a Club in Pulaski, and school-based programs in 11 schools in Maury County. BGCSCTN is dedicated to making south central Tennessee a better place to live and work by ensuring that all children that walk through our doors graduate from high school ready for college or employment and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Click here to donate now.


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