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  • Title: Safechild.org – Coalition for Children | Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: .. Homepage.. Parents.. Preventing Bullying.. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.. Safety on the Internet.. Understanding Emotional Abuse.. Recognizing Physical Abuse.. Recognizing Child Neglect.. Expert Witness.. Media Assistance.. Risk Management.. Educators.. Bullying Prevention Program.. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Program.. Reach Life Skills Program.. Challenge Life Skills Program.. Recovery Program.. Consulting.. Resources.. Prevention of Bullying Books Links.. Recovering From Child Abuse Books Links.. Safety Around Strangers Books Links.. Prevention of Child Abuse Books Links.. Articles.. Bullying Articles.. Sexual Abuse Articles.. Internet Social Media Articles.. Strangers Articles.. Issues for schools.. Issues for parents.. Donate.. Understanding Bullying.. Parents are naturally concerned that their children will be targeted by bullies.. They wonder if their kids will tell them if there is a.. Safety On the Internet.. Children tend to be way ahead of parents on the Internet.. For the most part, they are more comfortable with.. Learn about our programs, prevention and consulting.. //.. Dr.. Kraizer, as an expert witness, is able to review and assist you in asking the right questions to make.. Books and Links.. Purchasing your books through this site supports the work of the Coalition for Children.. For Parents.. Protect children from bullying; sexual, emotional and physical abuse by people known to the child; abuse and abduction by strangers; and risks associated with self-care.. Read more.. For Educators..  ...   there with you to provide information, resources and programs that help protect children.. : learn about bullying, child sexual, emotional and physical abuse, safety around strangers and safety for children who are home alone.. and consulting services to assist you in asking the right questions, to make informed decisions about standards of care, policies and best practices, and address questions of negligence.. with schools, day care centers, churches and other organizations can preview and purchase research-based curricula that provide teacher training, classroom instructional materials, parent education and community awareness to implement prevention programs, reduce your school or institutional liability, and report accurately about child abuse.. A big shout out goes to DenverMind Media for their great design and site architecture.. To see more of their work check out their.. You Tube Channel.. , like em on.. Face Book.. , or send an old fashioned email to.. denvermindmedia@gmail.. com.. Contact Dr.. Kraizer.. - kraizer@safechild.. org.. The Coalition for Children is a not-for-profit (501c(3)) organization founded by Dr.. Sherryll Kraizer in 1982.. The mission of the Coalition for Children is enhancing the well-being of children, families and society by providing positive, effective, multidisciplinary and culturally diverse prevention programming in collaboration with other organizations and individuals.. Click for more.. Sherryll Kraizer, PhD 2011.. Site designed and prettified by.. DenverMind Media..

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  • Title: Parents - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: Learn how to prevent bullying as early as preschool.. Children have a right to be safe without being afraid and children who have been taught to think for themselves are the safest children of all.. Technology and social media are expanding faster than our ability to keep up.. So what’s a parent to do?.. Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior that attacks a child’s emotional development and sense of self-worth.. Physical abuse is a pattern or series of events, occurrences which singularly seem to have a reasonable explanation, but which, as a whole, cause concern.. The failure to provide for a child’s basic physical, emotional, or educational  ...   is not a mystery.. Scandalous levels of child sexual abuse are not a mystery.. Complicity among adults is the.. Los Angeles Archdiocese Forced to Release Documents on Protection of Pedophiles.. Adding to the on-going release of church papers that document the shielding of abusive priests,.. Boy Scouts Forced to Give Up Perversion Files.. The blatant protection of pedophiles by the Boy Scouts of America is being forced into.. A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children.. Jane Brody continues to support families experiencing child sexual abuse with an article on Safe Horizon.. She.. Author Dr.. Sherryll Kraizer has a Ph.. D.. in education with a specialization in youth at risk..

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  • Title: Preventing Bullying - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: Bullying is something most children encounter in one form or another.. Children struggle with being called names, being picked upon, being excluded, not knowing how to make friends, or being the ones acting unkindly or aggressively toward others.. All forms of bullying are abusive and all are opportunities to teach children how to get along, how to be considerate people, how to be part of a community or group.. For too long, adults have believed that bullying is just part of growing up, that there have always been kids who are jocks and kids who are geeks; those who are in and those who are out.. This acceptance has prevented adults from stopping this pattern.. This website will help you challenge this acceptance from the earliest possible age, creating a new standard for interpersonal relationships.. Just as children led the drive to use seat-belts and to reduce smoking, they are the leaders in setting a new course for how we treat one another.. The Take A Stand approach to bullying will teach you how to be an advocate for creating a community that will not tolerate bullying behaviors; to teach children who are bullied how to stand up for themselves; and to teach the bullies themselves alternate ways of handling their own feelings of not belonging.. BULLYING BEHAVIORS.. Bullying can take many forms: physical, emotional, verbal or a combination of these.. It may involve one child bullying another, a group of children against a single child or groups against other groups (gangs).. It is not unlike other forms of victimization and abuse in that it involves:.. an imbalance of power.. differing emotional tones, the victim will be upset whereas the bully is cool and in control.. blaming the victim for what has happened.. lack of concern on the part of the bully for the feelings and concerns of the victim.. a lack of compassion.. Bullies are very often children who have been bullied or abused themselves.. Sometimes they are children experiencing life situations they can t cope with, that leave them feeling helpless and out of control.. They may be children with poor social skills, who do not fit in, who can t meet the expectations of their family or school.. They bully to feel competent, successful, to control someone else, to get some relief from their own feelings of powerlessness.. Video.. Defining Bullying Behavior.. WHO ARE THE TARGETS?.. Not all children are equally likely to be victimized by bullying behavior.. Those children who are more prone to be picked upon tend to have the following characteristics:.. low self-esteem.. insecure.. lack of social skills,.. don t pick up on social cues.. cry or become emotionally distraught easily.. ,.. unable to defend or stand up for themselves.. Some children actually seem to provoke their own victimization.. These children will tease bullies, make themselves a target by egging the person on, not knowing when to stop and then not being able to effectively defend themselves when the balance of power shifts to the bully.. Children who are not bullied tend to have better social skills and conflict management skills.. They are more willing to assert themselves about differences without being aggressive or confronting.. They suggest compromises and alternate solutions.. They tend to be more aware of people s feelings and are the children who can be most helpful in resolving disputes and assisting other children to get help.. Role-play.. : Just as in prevention of child abuse, role-play is what makes the skills real.. Actually walk through situations  ...   to victimization.. Making fun, picking on and other forms of bullying need to be identified in their earliest stages.. The message needs to be crystal clear: This is not okay.. Think about how he must feel.. How could you include him and let other kids know its not all right to treat others this way?.. Children who are not bullies or victims have a powerful role to play in shaping the behavior of other children.. Teach your children to speak up on behalf of children being bullied.. Don t treat her that way, it s not nice.. Hitting is not a good way to solve problems, let s find a teacher and talk about what happened.. Lessons Learned Early.. For more examples and role-play situations, or for coaching on talking to parents or teachers about bullying, please refer to The.. Safe Child Book.. Preventing Bullying in the Next Generation.. IF YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED.. If you learn your child is being bullied, you may immediately want to protect your child and confront the aggressor.. You may feel embarrassed and want your child to toughen up, to get in there and fight back.. You may feel helpless yourself.. None of these responses are helpful.. Get as much information as you can about what has happened.. Avoid blaming anyone, including the bullying child or children.. Look at your own child s behavior and style of interacting.. Ask yourself what you know about your child and how you can turn the immediate situation around.. If you are going to get in touch with the parents of a bullying child, remember that they will probably feel defensive.. Keep in mind that your goal is to have a safe and nurturing environment for all of the children, not to escalate an already difficult situation.. For your own children, there are several steps you can take.. discuss alternatives to responding to bullies.. don t react, walk away, get help if pursued.. agree with the bully, saying You re right.. and walking away.. be assertive.. IF YOUR CHILD IS THE BULLY.. What every parent doesn t want to hear your child is behaving like a bully.. Your first response will probably be defensive.. Disarm the situation and buy yourself some time to process what s being said.. For example, Instead of labeling my child, please tell me what happened.. Make yourself really listen.. Remember that this discussion is ultimately about the well-being of your child, regardless of how its being framed.. Even if your child is behaving aggressively or acting like a bully, remember that this behavior is probably coming from your child s feelings of vulnerability.. You need to look for what is going on in your child s interactions with others and what is going on internally, causing your child to behave that way.. In talking with your child,.. DO NOT BLAME.. Do not get into a discussion about the whys of what happened.. Your discussion should focus on several key points:.. Bullying is not acceptable in our family or in society.. If you are feeling frustrated or angry or aggressive, here are some things you can do.. Remember to role-play, act out the new behaviors.. Ask, how can I help you with this? Who could you go to in school if you see yourself getting into this type of situation again?.. Specify concretely the consequences if the aggression or bullying continue.. You want to stop the behavior, understand your child s feelings, then teach and reward more appropriate behavior..

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  • Title: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: Child sexual abuse is an on-going, pernicious problem in our society, but parents are not helpless.. This section of the Coalition for Children website will walk you through key things you need to know to understand and help prevent child sexual abuse.. Follow the links after the introduction to learn more.. Parents, schools, and organizations can use all the avoidance technology at their disposal, but experience tells us that we are almost always surprised to discover perpetrators in our midst.. In addition, a substantial percentage of child abuse happens at the hands of parents.. We cannot expect children of these parents to receive adequate prevention messages at home.. Prevention of child abuse can be taught without talking about abuse.. Children don t need to be told what abuse is, who the offenders are, how they operate, what  ...   situation.. There are times when children can and must be responsible for their own well-being, such as when they are alone with a potential abuser.. At such times, they need permission to speak up.. They need specific techniques to stop what s being done to them.. And, they must know they will be believed and supported by the adults in their lives.. The best overall defense children have against abuse is:.. a sense of their own abilities,.. the ability to accurately assess and handle a variety of situations,.. knowing where and how to get help, and.. knowing they will be believed.. What is Child Abuse and Who Are the Abusers?.. Signs of Child Sexual Abuse.. Effects of Child Sexual Abuse.. Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.. What to do If A Child Reports Being Abused.. Reporting Suspected Child Abuse..

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  • Title: Safety on the Internet - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: For the most part, they are more comfortable with computer technologies, schools are going on-line rapidly and the world is shrinking in totally new ways.. Safety in this environment is an evolving issue, one that has attracted widespread media attention.. The reality, however, of this technology is that it holds vastly more information, opportunity and richness of experience, than danger.. K.. IDS ON THE INTERNET.. Common advice to parents suggests not allowing your kids to spend hours on the Internet.. I don t automatically agree.. If your child sat down with the encyclopedia and kept switching to different books to get deeper and deeper into an area of interest, you wouldn t object.. This is child-driven learning.. It is one of the best kinds of learning.. It generates excitement and energy and a feeling of power.. The fact that it occurs on the computer, rather than in a big, heavy set of books with very small print and no moving pictures does not diminish its value.. So the key issue is not the hours, it is a combination of the quality of the exchange occurring on the computer and balancing that with the other elements of life such as physical activity, socialization, family, meeting responsibilities like homework and getting a good night’s sleep.. M.. ONEY AND THE INTERNET.. In response to parental financial concerns, most on-line service providers now enable several important options that you should exercise:.. Contact the billing department and put a cap on your bill each month.. You may do this by user or for the entire account.. I recommend this even for yourself.. This prevents an emergency interruption in which the system is left on-line, sometimes for days without your knowledge.. Look for an Alarm Clock in your options.. Set it so there is an automatic reminder of time going by every 30 minutes.. Keep a log of how much time is spent daily on-line.. Teach your child to use the function that tells how long they were on-line.. Use the internal log in your system.. This will allow you to see what areas your children are using, E-mail, chat rooms, etc.. R.. ISKS USING THE INTERNET.. There are two different safety issues on the Internet.. The first is what your children are exposed to, either through their own actions (entering an area that you may not want them to enter) or through accidental exposure.. The other distinct area of concern is direct communication with your child that may be inappropriate and personal and that could, if mishandled, lead to your child revealing information that puts them or the family at personal risk.. One of the things that people often find appealing about communication via the Internet is the element of anonymity.. Children are able to communicate with anyone on the Internet.. They are not limited by appearance, age or other potentially prejudicial attributes.. This is incredibly freeing.. There are many reports of adults having highly sophisticated conversations with someone on the Internet, believing the person to be an adult only to find that they have been communicating with a teenager.. Conversations often become much more personal and intimate than they might in person because this element of anonymity frees some people to speak more openly and honestly.. Extraordinarily close relationships can develop exclusively from Internet conversations.. A feeling of trust can be cemented.. STOP.. The unsettling reality is that all this can and does occur with a total stranger.. All of what has been communicated may be true and none of it may be true.. It is at the moment of trust, of deciding to make the next move that the greatest areas of risk occur.. Children and adults both have to stop.. and look at what is really known, recognize the risks inherent in any decision to provide more personal information or to make a direct connection via E-mail, telephone or in person.. Adults are free to make those decisions.. Children are not and they should not be permitted to make these decisions.. S.. AFETY ON THE INTERNET.. There are several ways to protect your  ...   Just as you wouldn t send your child out into a city of 30 million people without supervision and ground rules, you don t want to send your children onto the Internet without limits and ground rules.. If you are going to allow your children to participate interactively, I recommend a discussion and the following.. ground rules:.. Never give out your on-line password to anyone.. No on-line staff will ever ask for your password.. Never reveal personal information, your real name, where you live, your parent’s names, telephone number or where you go to school.. Never send pictures of yourself or your family through the Internet.. Never continue a conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable, that seems inappropriate or becomes personal.. Just as with the telephone, you can hang up by going to another area of the Internet.. Tell your parents about what happened.. Always tell your parents about any communication that uses threatening or bad language.. Never agree to meet someone.. Tell your parents about anyone who makes that suggestion.. Do not accept product offers or any other opportunities to send you information through the Internet without your parents specific approval.. Never give your street address to have something mailed.. Remember that people on the Internet can be anyone, anywhere.. Take care of yourself and your family.. As you think about these rules, also think about your children and their vulnerability to adults who have greater knowledge, experience and powers of persuasion.. Asking children to follow these rules may be simple in concept and profoundly difficult for children when the time comes.. Consider using the Internet solely for information and resources until your children are in their late teens.. ISK-TAKING BEHAVIOR ON THE INTERNET.. Risk-taking behavior is a part of growing up that we address in all areas of child safety.. The Internet is no exception.. Because the Internet is anonymous, many preadolescent and adolescent children deliberately participate in chat-rooms the find titillating.. They engage in on-going conversations with people they describe as creeps or perverts.. They tease them and escalate inappropriate discussions.. Some even go so far as to set up meetings with these people.. This is like baiting a bear.. Parents can often detect this type of chat-line activity by using the log, by length of time spent on the Net, be secretiveness when you walk into the room, by lots of friends doing the Net together or by bragging on the part of the kids about their activities.. This is not acceptable behavior.. It is unsafe and inappropriate.. This is not a censorship issue.. It is not a you don t trust me issue.. It is a safety issue just like hitch-hiking.. Discuss this with your children.. Be very clear about how you feel and why.. Establish a new and clear agreement with your children about the use of the Internet.. Contact other parents if it is a group activity.. Use the parent control options, check the log to see if the problem is on-going.. If the problem continues, disconnect the Internet until you can come to a clear consensus and plan for using the Internet in a positive, productive and safe way.. ONITORING CHILDREN S USE OF THE INTERNET.. It bears repeating that you have to take the lead in protecting your children in the computer age as well as in the park.. This means knowing what s going on.. On-line services are very responsive to parents and safety concerns.. They are making it easier and easier for us to monitor what is going on, where our children are spending their time and how much money is spent on the Internet.. Get on the Internet yourself.. It opens communication between children and parents.. Your children want you to know why the Internet is important to them.. You need to participate and you need to be the voice for balance.. The Internet is more seductive than television.. It can be an extraordinary tool and friend or it can be a sinkhole for time and money.. As a parent, you need to take the lead and keep it..

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  • Title: Understanding Emotional Abuse - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: E.. MOTIONAL ABUSE.. Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior that attacks a child s emotional development and sense of self-worth.. Emotional abuse includes excessive, aggressive or unreasonable demands that place expectations on a child beyond his or her capacity.. Constant criticizing, belittling, insulting, rejecting and teasing are some of the forms these verbal attacks can take.. Emotional abuse also includes failure to provide the psychological nurturing necessary for a child s psychological growth and development providing no love, support or guidance (National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, 1987).. PLEASE NOTE: Any one of these indicators could be attributable to a specific life event or other trauma.. A pattern of behavior is the  ...   in Child:.. negative statements about self.. shy, passive, compliant.. lags in physical, mental and emotional development.. self destructive behavior.. highly aggressive.. cruel to others.. overly demanding.. F.. amily or Parental Indicators:.. blames or puts down child.. is cold and rejecting.. indifferent to child s problems or welfare.. withholds affection.. shows preferential treatment when there is more than one child in the family.. Emotional abuse is an evolving part of the child abuse field.. It is rarely recognized by Child Welfare systems and interventions are few.. But the impact is profound and this is an area of child abuse that should be called to light and interventions for children experiencing emotional abuse need to be provided..

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  • Title: Recognizing Physical Abuse - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: P.. HYSICAL ABUSE.. Nonaccidental physical injury may include severe beatings, burns, biting, strangulation and scalding with resulting bruises, welts, broken bones, scars or serious internal injuries.. (National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse) An abused child , under the law, means a child less than 18 years of age whose parent or other person legally responsible for the child s care inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the child physical injury by other than accidental means which causes or creates substantial risk of death or serious disfigurement, or impairment of physical health, or loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.. It is also considered abuse if such a caretaker creates or allows to be created situations whereby a child is likely to be in risk of the dangers mentioned above.. (see N.. Y.. Social Services Law, Sec.. 412;Family Court Act, Sec.. 1012).. PLEASE NOTE Any one of these observations in isolation could be indicative of other problems.. Part of what we observe in physical abuse is a pattern or series of events.. Be particularly aware of frequent occurrences which singularly seem to have a reasonable explanation, but which,  ...   inconsistent versions about occurrence of injuries, burns, etc.. seems frightened by parents.. often late or absent from school.. comes early to school, seems reluctant to go home afterwards.. has difficulty getting along with others,.. little respect for others.. overly compliant, withdrawn, gives in readily and allows others to do for him/her without protest.. plays aggressively, often hurting peers.. complains of pain upon movement or contact.. has a history of running away from home.. reports abuse by parents.. many personal and marital problems.. economic stress.. parent(s) were abused as children themselves, were raised in homes where excessive punishment was the norm, and use harsh discipline on own children.. highly moralistic.. history of alcohol or drug abuse.. are easily upset, have a low tolerance for frustration.. are antagonistic, suspicious and fearful of other people.. social isolation, no supporting network of relatives or friends.. see child as bad or evil.. little or no interest in child s well-being;.. do not respond appropriately to child s pain.. explanation of injuries to child are evasive and inconsistent.. blame child for injuries.. constantly criticize and have inappropriate expectations of child.. take child to different physicians or hospital for each injury..

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  • Title: Recognizing Child Neglect - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: N.. EGLECT.. Neglected Child means a child less than 18 years of age whose physical, mental or emotional condition has been impaired or is in danger of becoming impaired as a result of the failure of the child s legal guardian to exercise a minimum degree of care in supplying the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, or education or medical care.. Neglect also occurs when the legal guardian fails to provide the child with proper supervision or guardianship by allowing the child to be harmed, or to be at risk of harm which includes when the guardian misuses drugs or alcohol him/herself.. PLEASE NOTE: Some of these indicators may be attributable to specific life conditions or changes of circumstance such as homelessness, poverty or other traumatic events.. A pattern of conditions or behavior is the strongest indicator of abuse and should not be ignored.. Failure to supervise is the leading cause of child death and should never be minimized.. dirty skin.. offensive body odor.. unwashed, uncombed hair.. tattered, under or oversized.. and.. unclean clothing.. dressed in clothing that is inappropriate to weather or situation.. frequently left unsupervised or alone for periods of time.. I.. ndicators of Poor Health:.. drowsiness, easily fatigued.. puffiness under the eyes.. frequent untreated upper respiratory infections..  ...   bangs head, sucks hair, thumb, finger,.. tears at body.. is overly self-stimulating, self-comforting.. does not turn to parent for help or comfort.. hospitalization for failure to thrive regresses upon return to home.. unduly over or under active for no apparent purpose.. ndicators in Children:.. cries easily when hurt, even slightly.. comes to school without breakfast.. has no lunch or lunch money.. needs dental care, glasses.. falls asleep in class.. often seems in a fog or dream world.. comes to school early, does not want to go home.. sees self as failure.. troublesome at school.. does no homework, refuses to try.. destroys completed written work.. destroys books, assignments and learning aids or toys.. is withdrawn, overactive, underactive and/or lethargic (depressed).. is cruel to classmates.. lies, steals from classmates, school.. breaks objects or damages school property.. frequently absent or late for school.. ndicators with Parents and Family:.. promises but does not follow up on recommendations.. fails to keep appointments and/or refuses help from school or other resources.. abuses alcohol or other drugs.. lifestyle of relative isolation from relatives, friends.. history of abuse or neglect as a child.. disorganized, chaotic home life.. history of chronic illness.. gives impression of resignation and feeling that nothing makes much difference anyway.. failure to provide supervision of children..

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  • Title: Expert Witness - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: Kraizer, as an expert witness, is able to review and assist you in asking the right questions to make informed decisions about your cases.. She has extensive experience in cases involving child abuse in institutional settings (i.. schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities and hospitals).. failure to supervise, child injury  ...   Additionally, she can help you assess standards and practices, policies and best practices and questions of negligence.. Kraizer is an internationally recognized expert and author in several areas of youth-at-risk and child well-being including: sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, bullying and interpersonal violence, and child safety.. Please contact Dr.. Kraizer at: 303.. 809.. 9001.. E-mail:.. kraizer@safechild..

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  • Title: Media Assistance - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: Kraizer is available to assist you with stories on multiple topic areas.. Kraizer or browse the Safe Child website for resources and information..

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  • Title: Risk Management - Safechild.org – Coalition for Children
    Descriptive info: Risk Reduction in Institutional Settings.. Just as parents need to be advocates for their own and other children, schools and institutions need to be very clear about their role in the protection of children.. As obvious as this statement seems, it is an area which is not addressed sufficiently.. Then, when there is an incident or an accident, the institutions policies, practices and legal requirements all come into play in assessing institutional liability.. There are many areas which can be addressed with an eye to prevention, protecting children and reducing liability.. Screening and Training of Employees.. All staff (including janitors, cafeteria workers, playground monitors and professional staff) should be fingerprinted and checked through the Central Registry for Child Abuse and state and local police files for a history of child abuse or other criminal convictions.. Individuals with a history of child abuse should not be hired for any position.. Child Abuse Reporting.. The Mandatory Reporting Law requires any person who supervises or has responsibility for children who has reason to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or who has observed a child being subjected to circumstances or conditions which are or could result in abuse or neglect to report it.. In some cases, policy requires that the report be made to the administration.. In some cases the report can be made directly to the Child Abuse Hotline.. All employees should understand that failure to make such a report is a crime.. Supervision.. The difference between supervision policy and reality is a source of major liability.. How do you know that the actual levels of required supervision are taking place? What are the risk areas in your setting?.. Schools cannot ignore the work requirements and child care dilemmas of today s parents.. Does your school have a provision for parents who go to work long before school starts or come home long after school is over? Schools cannot take a position of blaming.. They  ...   Look carefully at the entire operation, perhaps from the vantage point of a child.. Equipment.. Take a walk out to your playground and through the halls and rooms of your institution.. Equipment which is not in good repair is a preventable accident waiting to happen.. Pick-ups and Releasing Children.. Institutions are very aware in theory about not releasing children to anyone other than the persons designated to pick up children.. In practice, I have found most institutions, particularly schools to be extremely lax about this.. Most have no idea who picks up children.. This is a liability.. Field Trips.. Field trips are a tough time to maintain an accurate head count.. Be sure that your institution has a system for knowing what children belong with what adults and how adults know all children are accounted for.. Head counting is part of field trips.. Before leaving or entering any area, heads should be counted to be certain every child is present.. Loosing a child on a field trip is a gigantic exposure.. Guard against it now.. Prevention Programs in Your Institution or Schools.. You ve probably discovered that children often take things they hear in school, at camp or at the doctors more seriously than what they hear at home.. Institutions are critical partners in prevention of child abuse.. What prevention of child abuse programs are available in your community.. Are these programs age appropriate, role-play based, and do they give children lots of opportunities to think about and practice prevention techniques without being fearful or explicit? If you would like to introduce your school to the Safe Child Program, request a brochure or share this site with a school or group in your community.. Sherryll Kraizer, PhD is available to assist you in assessing your environment, practices and policies to reduce your institutions risk or to assist you in evaluating an incident which has occurred.. For consultation or expert witness services, you may contact her through the Coalition for Children..

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