Parents Want Their Children in Safe Environments

Nearly 11 million children under age 5 in the United States are in some type of child care setting every week. As a child care provider you know the tremendous responsibility involved in protecting these children.The Diana Screen for Child Care Providers

While most adults who apply to work in child care programs model and reinforce healthy boundaries, there are others who do not recognize them. Some of these adults cross over adult-child sexual boundaries themselves and some are permission givers who fail to respond appropriately when they witness other adults violating boundaries with children and teens.

  • At two, multi-state, youth-serving agencies, organization records indicated four official reports of boundary violations by staff over a six-month period.
  • However, in an anonymous survey by Abel Screening, Inc., staff indicated knowledge of 487 boundary violations over the same period.

Boundary violations occur quite frequently, but are most often not reported, putting children in child care programs at continued risk.

In addition, an estimated 6% of adults in the general population are sexually attracted to children. This 6% apply in higher numbers for jobs in child care where they will have greater access to children.

These adults:

  • Hide their sexual interest in children from everyone
  • Are equally represented in every socio-economic group and every religion
  • Can’t be detected simply by interviews

The Diana Screen® Solution

20 years of research and new methodology have created the most technologically advanced solution to the problem of staff and volunteers who violate sexual boundaries with children. The Diana Screen® is a pre-hire/volunteer risk management screen that keeps children safe from sexual abuse and sexual boundary violations:

Helps Screen In:

  • The safest staff and volunteers to care for children

Helps Screen Out:

  • Applicants who fail to recognize the most extreme sexual boundaries between adults and children
  • Applicants at high risk to have already sexually abused a child

The Diana Screen® is Easy to Use and Fast

  • 5 minutes staff administration time
  • Questions answered on a computer
  • 4th grade reading level
  • Pass/Fail results immediate

The Diana Screen® for Child Care

  • Should be used as one component of a child care program’s overall application/interview/screening process
  • Acts as a deterrent – when applicants know that a daycare is using it, some who are a danger to children will not apply
  • Helps form a safer pool of prospective hires and volunteers

For more information about The Diana Screen® or the Abel Screening, Inc. line of Child Protection Products, please Contact Us or call at 1.404.874.4772.

For a list of sources supporting the information on this page, go to References.