Signs of Abuse for Mandated Reporters

Mandated reporters interact with children at places like daycare, school, doctor offices, and activity centers and act as a pivotal player in protecting children from abuse. However, if mandated reporters don’t know what they’re looking for, taking the appropriate actions for children becomes difficult. On top of those challenges, there’s a variety of different types of abuse to look out for. As outlined in our Mandated Reporter textbook, here is a breakdown of how to recognize major categories of abuse and an overview of what some mandated reporters may see to back their suspicions of abuse.Read More »

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Preventing Child Abuse with Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships

Finding the root of the problem is the first step to taking action against it. For cases of child maltreatment and abuse, many problems stem from a home life that does not foster healthy relationships. A framework developed by the CDC, safe, stable, nurturing relationships (also known as SSNRs) have a major impact in preventing child maltreatment. Below are definitions of what each of those mean, information that is also included in our Research and Practices of Child Maltreatment Prevention textbook.Read More »

Physical Abuse Prevention

Over the last several decades, the field of child abuse prevention has reached the realm of common knowledge and more people know the difference between correct parenting behavior and whether parents need to seek help to be a better parent. With that said, there are still children who suffer at the hand of abuse, sometimes physically. In the case of physical abuse, serious work needs to be done in terms of prevention. This post contains current actions being taken to prevent physical abuse outlined in our newest textbook, Research and Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention, Vol. 1.Read More »

Prevention of Child Maltreatment

At the heart of child maltreatment prevention is the idea that we can reduce the number of occurrences by tracking the source and stopping it before it happens. With the information presented in our two new titles, this can be accomplished by hard-working professionals who intend to reduce the rate of abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. This anecdote, featured in volume 1, details how this can happen:Read More »

Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking

“. . . the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.”   -Presidential Proclamation, 2016

Although it seems like human trafficking and sex tourism should not exist in this day and age, it is still a very prevalent issue across the world. In response to Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we want to share an overview on how to identify and respond to human trafficking, which is available in our Child Sexual Exploitation Quick Reference.

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The Internet and the Child Sexual Exploitation Epidemic

Recent high-profile cases of Child Pornography Possession and Child Sexual Exploitation bring some exposure to a huge issue.  From Jared Fogle’s arrest earlier this year, to the recent discovery of over 1,000 images of Child Sexual Exploitation on the personal computer of Glee star Mark Salling, recent events are pointing out a troubling rise in instances of Child Sexual Exploitation.Read More »

Charles Wilson to Speak at Child Protection Summit

Among the many incredible presenters expected at the 2015 Child Protection Summit where we will be exhibiting this week is Charles Wilson, the accomplished Executive Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families.  The Chadwick Center is one of the largest child advocacy and trauma treatment centers in the country, and its multidisciplinary approach involves doctors, nurses, social workers, and people from a variety of disciplines to contribute to the welfare of children.Read More »

Ruler of Dubai Provides Orphaned Children with Companionship and Guidance

Honoring his tradition of doing charitable work during Ramadan this past June, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors.  The initiative aims to pair orphaned minors with adults who can provide guidance, advice, and caring bonds.Read More »

The Role of the School in Reporting Child Abuse

Currently throughout the United States, all teachers, aides, school coaches, counselors, and healthcare professionals are mandated reporters, yet many professionals fail to make reports of child abuse for a variety of reasons.   Most commonly, teachers, counselors, and other faculty decide not to report suspected child abuse because of a few simple misconceptions and a lack of education on reporting procedure, all of which can be simply remedied.  Information provided to school faculty should be comprehensive and easy to follow.  Our resource for Mandated Reporters can serve as a simple guide for anyone entering a position in schools.  Here are a few simple solutions to remedy underreporting in schools.Read More »