Children spend the majority of their days in school, and educators–as mandated reporters of child abuse–often find themselves in a situation which requires a report to be made. The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s Child Abuse School Liaison (CASL) Program is designed to support school personnel in identifying and appropriate reporting of suspected child abuse. The Child Abuse School Liaison works directly with school administrators, guidance counselors and teachers to provide training on mandated reporting responsibilities and the impact of trauma on children and families, and is also available to school personnel when specific case consultation is needed.
Identifying, Responding & Reporting Allegations of Child Abuse:
Educators and child care providers spend up to 8 hours a day with children, sometimes more time than the children spend with any other adults in their life. These professionals are in a unique position to identify signs of abuse and neglect that no one else may see. This training provides school professionals with knowledge in how to respond appropriately to a child who is believed to be a victim of abuse and/or neglect, and to know in which circumstances mandated reporting is required by law. The curriculum also provides information about how to report to child protective services and/or law enforcement.
Children everywhere experience trauma ranging from natural disasters to the loss of loved ones to serious accidents; however, the most common form of child trauma is child abuse and neglect. Without intervention, child traumatic stress can sometimes have lasting negative consequences for the child, the family, and the community. This training provides essential knowledge for education professionals to be able to recognize the impact trauma exposure has on children, especially in relation to classroom behavior and academics. With increased understanding, educators can make accommodations for students when needed within the classroom and help connect the child and family to resources in the community.