This Resource Guide was developed to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being. It was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy—Strengthening Families. The resources featured represent the work of a broad-based partnership of national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities. VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE
Commit to Prevent Child Abuse 2013 Community Resource Packet
The theme of this resource packet, Commit to Prevent Child Abuse, highlights the commitment we each must make to create positive change. By working together, we can create nurturing and supportive communities through education, collaboration and advocacy. In recent years, research has caused us to take a step back and re-evaluate the way in which we talk about prevention and the tools we use to present our message to the public. This resource packet contains information, campaign ideas and strategies that have been formaed with this research in mind. The goal of this work is help steer the conversation away from focusing on the problem of child abuse to focusing on the solutions of e?ective prevention. VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters
This guide is designed to help you better understand the mandated reporter statute and to outline appropriate actions you should take if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected. This guide includes information on:
– The process for reporting suspected child maltreatment
– The partnership with law enforcement, child protection and licensing agencies
– Conditions of neglect and abuse that should be reported
– Some behaviors and characteristics of children and families who may need help
– Relevant state statutes
Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence
WHO and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) have prepared the world’s first ever international guide on how to prevent child maltreatment. Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence is aimed at helping to expand the number of studies into the magnitude and consequences of the maltreatment problem, and to increase investment in large-scale experimental studies of programmes to prevent the maltreatment of children aged 0-14 years. VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE
Abuse Help Guide
Abuse can affect virtually anyone from all walks of life, including men, women, children, and seniors. It can take the form of physical battery, emotional bullying, sexual abuse, neglect, or even self-inflicted harm. Whatever your situation, you deserve to live without pain and fear. Whether you’re the abused, the abuser, or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that there is help available. By learning about the different types of abuse and what you can do to stop or prevent it, you can make a huge difference in your own or someone else’s life. READ MORE HERE
Reporting child abuse in your home or in a custody situation:
- Stay CALM. Do not let your emotions dictate your actions, and do not vent your emotions onto the people who are assigned to investigate your case (CPS, law enforcement officers, etc.).
- IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY: Call 911 or your local police.
- DOCUMENT EVERYTHING from this point forward, including times, dates, and places. KEEP all documents from all professionals who have an opinion about the child abuse. This includes therapists, doctors, policemen, and teachers. If a professional informs you that they have an opinion or a suspicion of child abuse, have them document that suspicion, preferably in the form of an affidavit. Be sure to get a copy of any opinions from professionals regarding your child’s case.
- HAVE YOUR CHILD EVALUATED. Talk to medical and psychology professionals. If possible, have your child evaluated at a Child Assessment Center.
- BEGIN INVESTIGATION. Talk to law enforcement officers to initiate an investigation into the allegation of child abuse. Any reasonable belief of abuse or neglect should be reported to the police. If you have been too afraid to voice allegations in the past, let them know. If you have previously reported abuse, communicate the fact that you are trying to protect the child from further harm
- TALK TO CPS. If the abuse is not criminal, talk to CPS to initiate an investigation into the allegation of child abuse.
- GET AN ATTORNEY. Get an attorney and start proceedings to gain full custody of your child and terminate the abuser’s parental rights.
- CALL JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN. If you encounter a problem with completing steps 3-6, call JFC at 1-800-733-0059. Office hours are M-F 8-5 pm Central Standard Time.
Child Abuse Online Resources
Prevent Child Abuse America
Dedicated to providing information on child abuse and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.
Stand for Children
Advocate for improvements to, and funding for, programs that give every child a fair chance in life.
Devoted to preventing cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals.
Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare League of America National Data Analysis System CWLA, in cooperation with the nation’s state child welfare agencies, provides a comprehensive, interactive child welfare database. Internet users can create customized tables and graphs, as well as access information on child abuse.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families.
Child Trends Data Bank
Source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.
Children’s Action Alliance
Helps promote the well-being of children and their families through research, policy development, media campaigns and advocacy.
Children’s Defense Fund
Mission is to ensure every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life.
National Data Archive on Child Abuse
Exchange among researchers in child maltreatment field.
Respect in Sport
Respect in Sport is an online bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect prevention program for coaches and community leaders.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau
Government site featuring information on child abuse, statistics, and resources related to child welfare.
Zero to Three
Publications, reference guides to programs, projects and professional developmental services promoting the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers.
Cyberbullying Research Center
Mobile Device Safety for Kids
NSPCC – Online Safety
The 14 Rules of Online Safety for Children
FBI: Internet Safety Tips for Kids
Internet and Mobile Safety Resource Bank
(this is a resource on our site I thought you might be interested in)
Parent Guide: Talk With Your Kids about Internet Safety
Building a Barrier Between Adolescents and Substance Abuse
Teen Health Issues
The Guide to Baby-Proofing Your Home
Fire Safety and Prevention for Kids
Family Fire Safety Tips
Safety in the Home: Checklists
Child Abuse/Child Advocacy Community Resources
National Child Abuse Hotline (ChildHelp USA)
American Academy of Pediatrics
ABA Center on Children and the Law
American Humane Society, Children’s Division
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Center for Effective Discipline
Child Abuse Prevention Network
Child Welfare Home Page
CIVITAS Child Law Center at Loyola Chicago School of Law
Coalition for America’s Children
Family Development Resources, Inc.
Hilton House Child Abduction
National Association of Council for Children
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse & Neglect Information (NCCAN)
National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
National Court Appointed Special Advocates (NCASA)
Packard Foundation Center for the Future of Children
Project No Spank
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Stop it Now!
University of Michigan Child Welfare Law Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
U.S. Department of Justice
Help for child sexual abuse:
1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368) Stop It Now
1-800-656-HOPE Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
If you need professional help…
Do you feel angry and frustrated and don’t know where to turn? In the U.S., call 1-800-4-A-CHILD to find support and resources in your community that can help you break the cycle of abuse. In other countries, visit Chiworld.org for helplines.
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
Educate Yourself--Learn the Facts--It may Just Save a Child's Life!!