Archive for February, 2009

Involving Your School Community

  • Plant a pinwheel garden in a visible location.
  • Celebrate your school community’s commitment to happy, healthy and safe kids. Invite
    families, faculty and students to personalize a pinwheel in honor of a child and launch the
    garden at a special event.
  • Coordinate an art or writing contest with a pinwheel theme.
  • Collect the entries and send them to Prevent Child Abuse-NJ for use in future Prevention
    Campaigns.
  • Involve families in school events.
    • Studies consistently demonstrate that when families are active in supporting their child’s education, students have high rates of achievement.
  • Sign A Promise for Prevention.
    • Collect spare coins throughout April as a sign that it makes good “cents” to
      contribute to child abuse prevention programs.
    • Decorate and sell $1 paper pinwheels.
    • Post them in a visible location within your school building or local
      hangout. Challenge a neighboring school in a contest to post the
      most!
    • Host a Pinwheels for Prevention Day
      and share pinwheels and parenting information with
      those who care about children in your community.
      Invite your local media and declare that your group is
      committed to supporting families and preventing child
      abuse.

The financial crisis affecting our state is challenging, if not unemploying, millions of mothers and fathers. The distress of any hardship inevitably has an effect on family dynamics, and thus on the important relationship between a parent and a child. Families are often left with few resources to nurture or care for children as they struggle to provide for their basic, concrete needs. In fact, during times of economic hardship and unemployment, child abuse and neglect rates often rise. The stress that flows from job loss or financial problems may push parents over the edge so their behaviors and interactions become harsh, or even abusive. Poverty is one of the strongest indicators of child maltreatment.

Raising a child is the toughest role one will ever face. It’s a responsibility that often comes with no training, little preparation and limited support. It’s also a job that will have a critical impact on the educational, economic and health outcomes of a community. Especially in times of crisis, families need access to services that help them raise children who are nurtured, healthy and prepared to learn.

Child abuse can be prevented. Help ensure that children benefit from safe, caring homes by investing in programs that intervene with families in crisis before children are ever harmed. For more information about these services, and to learn how you can make a difference, visit www.preventchildbabusenj.org or call 800-CHILDREN.

Theresa Comprelli McCutcheon
Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey Inc.
New Brunswick

Coastal Tri-Counties
Child Abuse Prevention Coalition

The Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition members are committed to weaving a safety net for the children and families in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura communities. We believe in the power of co-creation to spark our diverse and collective skills, passion, and resources; inspiring and mobilizing our communities to speak out for the protection and rights of our children. We espouse the belief that all human beings have a right to live in homes and communities that embrace the values of love, dignity and respect.

The Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition’s vision is:

Our communities are free of child abuse; and our children are safe, healthy and thriving.The Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsored by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention and the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Fund.

www.4children.org
Action Alliance for Children exists to inform, educate, and inspire a statewide constituency of people who work with and on behalf of children by providing the most reliable information on current issues, trends, and public policies that affect children and families. AAC is a resource for policy makers, children’s service providers and advocates, and the media. In addition, AAC facilitates dialogue among diverse community groups (child care workers, educators, parents, human service providers, advocates, media, policy makers). AAC is committed to improving the lives of children and families and believes that providing information is the first step towards this goal.

SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE REPORT
To Be Completed by Mandated Child Abuse ReportersPursuant to Penal Code Section 11166
Forms and Instruction Click Here

If you suspect child abuse, YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES:

  1.  Immediately call Child Welfare Services at
    (805)781-KIDS (5437) or 911. San Luis Obispo County
    (800)367-0166 Hotline or (805)683-2724 After Hours or 911. Santa Barbara

    (805)677-5403 or 911. Ventura
  2. Complete and file a Suspected Child Abuse Report, #SS8572.
  3.  Retain a readable copy of the SCAR Report.
  4. YOU are responsible for making this report. DO NOT
    ALLOW your supervisor/principal to make the report for you or
    assume because another co-worker has some of the same information
    that they will make the report.
  5. Do not attempt to investigate, interview or interfere with the
    information you hold.
  6. Remember that you are to report SUSPECTED abuse – you
    are not required to have witnessed or have complete
    proof of the incident. You are obligated by law to
    report what you observe or what you are told that caused
    suspicion the child is being physically, sexually or
    emotionally or neglected. When in doubt, call CWS or law enforcement
    and get their input about the scope of your report.
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