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  1. Child Abuse Prevention:State Initiatives & Activities Gria Davison Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services Student Support Services Project Telephone: 850.922.8485 E-mail: Dawne Gullatt Hillsborough County Public Schools Coordinator,School Social Work Services Telephone: 813.273.7282 E-mail:

  2. Child Abuse Prevention

  3. Scope • Office of Adoption and Child Protection • Child Abuse Source Book: A Prevention & Intervention Tool • A School District’s Perspective: Hillsborough County • Other School District Prevention Activities • Questions

  4. Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Cooperative Planning Legislative Authority / Areas of Focus § 39.001(8)(b)2, F.S. The EOG, DCF, DOE, and DOH…inform/instruct parents and school staff § 39.001(8)(b)5, F.S. The EOG, DCF, DOE, and DOH… curriculum materials for instruction in the identification, intervention, and prevention of child abuse, abandonment, and neglect

  5. Education Cooperative Planning Team: Activities 39.001(8)(b)2, F.S. inform/instruct parents and school staff • Inform and Instruct Parents of School Children and Appropriate School Personnel on: • Detecting Child Abuse, Abandonment and Neglect • Taking Action in a suspected case of child abuse, abandonment or neglect • Caring for a child’s needs after a report is made

  6. Who are the recipients of this training? • Student services staff • Instructional personnel • Building administrators • District level staff/administrators • Students • Parents

  7. What is the frequency of your training?

  8. Education Cooperative Planning Team: Activities § 39.001(8)(b)5, F.S. enhancement / adaptation of curriculum materials Enhancement or Adaptation of Curriculum Materials for K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 • Identification of child abuse, abandonment and neglect • Intervention in a case of child abuse, abandonment and neglect • Prevention of child abuse, abandonment and neglect

  9. Curriculum materials are designed across a sequential program of instruction at the following grade levels.

  10. NEXT STEPS Evidence-based Curricula Parent Information • Survey a representative sample of parents. • Utilize the Florida PTA to assist in the survey. • Identify effective or promising curricula • Obtain list of current curricula • Determine use of evidence based • Disseminate best practice or evidence based curricula

  11. Under Revision Child Abuse Source Book for Florida School Personnel: A Prevention and Intervention Tool (2004) • Writing Team Expertise & Collaboration • FLDOE • DOH / CMS • DCF • HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY • BROWARD COUNTY

  12. Revised Table of Contents Section 1: Recognizing the Abused and Neglected Child in Your School A. Responding to a Child’s Cry for Help B. Indicators Related to the Age of the Child C. Family and Environmental Factors That Increase Risk D. Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect E. Exposure to Domestic Violence F. Drug-Endangered Children G. Child Trafficking

  13. Table of Contents (continued) Section 2: Reporting Child Abuse • Florida Law on Reporting Child Abuse • Preparing a Report—What to Include • Florida Abuse Hotline Reporting Options • Has Your Report Been Accepted? • Frequently Asked Questions

  14. Table of Contents (continued) Section 3: After a Report • What Happens after You Make a Report? (flowchart) • Talking with the Child’s Parents or Caregivers • Confidentiality • Dealing with Your Own Feelings • When Reporting Does Not Seem to Help

  15. Table of Contents (continued) Section 4: Supporting Maltreated Students • Helping Maltreated Children Succeed in School • Engaging the Family with the School • Support Services in the School and Community • Constructive Responses to Problem Behaviors

  16. Table of Contents (continued) Section 5: The School’s Role in Prevention & Intervention • Working with District and School Faculty • Working with Families • Prevention Programs in the Classroom • Working with the Community Resources • Print Resources • Internet Resources • Support Services in Your Community • Child Abuse Reporting Fax Sheet • DCF/Hotline Fax Reporting Form • Definitions

  17. Sourcebook Highlights HOT TOPICS

  18. Hillsborough County Public SchoolsChild Abuse Prevention Training

  19. Child Abuse Training Topics • Ethical Responsibility • Legal Responsibility • Chapter 39, Florida Statute • Reporting Procedures • Signs of Abuse & Neglect • School and Community Support Resources

  20. Focus of District Training Why educators should be involved Reasons educators do not report How to make a report Schools support to child and parents School administrator’s support to teacher Tips for classroom teacher Best practice guidelines for schools

  21. Collaborators and PartnersDistrict • Student Support Services • School Social Workers • School Psychologist • Nurses • Administrators • Guidance Department • Guidance counselors • Administrators

  22. Collaborators and PartnersDistrict • Exceptional Student Education Services • ESE Specialists • Staff Specialists • Administrators • School Security Services • Staff Development and Training Office

  23. Collaborators and PartnersCommunity • Hillsborough County Sheriff Office • Hillsborough Kids Inc. • Department of Children and Families • Department of Juvenile Justice • University of South Florida • Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc. • Child Abuse Council

  24. Local Prevention School TrainingsDistrict • New Teacher Orientation Training • Student Support Services & Guidance Training • Role of Educator in Prevention and Intervention of Child Abuse Training

  25. Local Prevention School ProgramsCommunity Partners • Kids on the Block Program • Child Victim Rapid Response Program • Kinship Care Support Groups • Child Abuse Prevention Cross Trainings • HCSO-Child Abuse Investigations Office • HKI- Care Managers & Foster Care Parents

  26. Resources • Child Welfare Conference • Located on Internal District Email System • Access for principals, assistant principals guidance, and student support staff • Provides guidelines and procedures involving child abuse, foster care, and juvenile justice • Direct access to DOE Child Abuse Resource Book • Authorized agent lists of child abuse investigators, foster care counselors/care managers, and juvenile justice counselors • Information on Comprehensive Behavior Assessments and authorized evaluators • Frequently asked questions by teachers/principals regarding child abuse investigations.

  27. Resource Materials • The Educator’s Role in Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Published by: The Child Abuse Council Child & Family Studies Louis de la Parte, Florida Mental Health Institute Department of Child and Family Services

  28. Resources • Child Abuse Source Book for Florida School Personnel: A Prevention and Intervention Tool: Children Who Hurt Can’t Learn 2004 Published by: Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education & Student Services Florida Department of Children & Families Florida Department of Health and select Florida school districts

  29. Questions ? THANK YOU!