Children generally spend more time at school than any other place in their young lives. It is likely that you as a teacher, school counselor, school nurse or other school-based professional will be the first to recognize that a child’s “normal” is off. You may recognize that a normally very outgoing child has become withdrawn. You may recognize marks or bruises that don’t match up with the story a child is telling. You may be the only one a child trusts with an “outcry” of abuse, and we want to help prepare you to respond in a calm, supportive way without making promises you can’t keep.
We know that making a report of child abuse can be intimidating, and we want to help you overcome the barriers to helping a child who is suffering in ways that sometimes we only see a tiny glimpse of.
As a school counselor, lead teacher or school administrator, you may also be responsible for ensuring that all faculty members are trained in how to recognize and report abuse. You may also be responsible for training parents and children, depending on the law in your state.
Our Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse training is specifically designed to educate child-serving professionals how to identify the signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse, identify abuser characteristics such as grooming, and learn how to make a report if abuse is suspected.
If you would like more information on our training for parents entitled Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World or our training for children 8-14 called You Are Not Alone, please click here.