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Title: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse Presented by the Children and Family Violence Committee of the Domestic Violence Council Welcome!


1
Preventing and Responding to Child
AbusePresented by the Children and Family
Violence Committeeof the Domestic Violence
CouncilWelcome!

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Preventing and Responding to Child
AbuseIntroductions

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Preventing and Responding to Child AbuseAgenda
  • Legal Obligations
  • Recognizing abuse and neglect
  • Responding to child abuse disclosures
  • Acting on suspected child abuse (reporting)
  • Adult responsibilities in helping keep children
    safe
  • Questions and Evaluation

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Preventing and Responding to Child AbuseThe Law
  • Mandatory Reporting (ORS 419B)
  • Training Mandate (SB 379)
  • Reporting of Staff (SB 380)

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Recognizing Child Abuse
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  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Witnessing domestic violence

See handout Recognizing Possible Abuse
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Responding to Disclosures
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See handout What You Can Say, How You Can
Help
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Deciding Whether to Report
  • Does reasonable cause for suspicion of possible
    abuse or neglect exist? If yes, call!
  • If in doubt, can I check with others? Yes, but
    only if they are immediately available.
  • Can I wait until a more convenient time or until
    the next day? No, make the call without delay!
  • Shouldnt I be sure before calling? No, let the
    experts investigate.
  • I called before and nothing happened. Why
    bother? This may be the call that triggers an
    intervention. Call.

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Responding to Child Abuse Who Reports?
  • The law requires that you report without delay.
  • YOU must be the one to report!
  • Inform your supervisor as soon as possible when
    you report. Do not delay reporting.
  • More than one person can report the same
    situation.

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Responding to Child Abuse Who to Call
  • Emergencies - 911
  • Police non-emergency - 682-5111, non-business
    hours, suspicions of child crime or out-of-home
    abuse.
  • DHS - 686-7555, 8-5 M-F, in-home abuse
    suspicions.
  • You are only required to call one, but calling
    both may shorten response time.

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Responding to Child Abuse
  • Reporting - What happens when you call?
  • Call 686-7555
  • Press 1 to reach a screener like Sue.
  • Shell first ask for your name and phone number.

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Responding to Child Abuse
  • Reporting - What happens when you call?

Shell ask for some basic information about the
child - name, address, phone number,
parent/guardian name, etc. Having the childs
file is helpful.
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Responding to Child Abuse
  • Reporting - What happens when you call?

Whats going on? What is your relationship to the
child? Is there physical injury to the child?
Please describe? Other situations or concerns
about the child?
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Responding to Child Abuse
  • Reporting - What happens when you call?

Who reported it to you? Have you talked to the
child? To the parent(s)? Are different accounts
consistent?
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Responding to Child Abuse
  • Reporting - What happens when you call?

You may be told there are not sufficient grounds
for an investigation or you or a history check
before deciding. In any case, you were right to
call.
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Responding to Child Abuse Reporting -
Requirements
  • We are reporters 24/7/365.
  • If you have questions, consultation with the DHS
    trainer at 686-7555 x5349 may be available.
    However, if not, report now.
  • Cooperate with investigators.
  • Do not inform parents of the report. This contact
    MUST be made by Child Welfare or law enforcement
    personnel.
  • Document your report. Keep documentation.

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Responding to Child Abuse ReportingPenalties
and Protections
  • Failure to report may result in loss of
    certification and a 1000 fine.
  • Those who report in good faith are immune from
    civil or criminal liability for making the
    report. ORS 419B.025.
  • Turning it over to the pros is the right thing to
    do!
  • Really hard but really right!

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Responding to Child Abuse DHS Investigations
  • Those reports investigated will be categorized as
    either immediate response or within 5 day
    response.
  • The investigation will find if the abuse report
    is founded, unfounded or unable to determine.
    Founded reports result in a safety plan. (Fewer
    than 12 result in out-of-home placement.)
  • The reporters confidentiality is respected.

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Responding to Child Abuse Ongoing Support
  • Check in with the child (see What You Can Say,
    How You Can Help handout)
  • Safety plan with the child
  • Follow up with DHS
  • Report any new incidents or additional
    information
  • Use community resources
  • Take care of yourself

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Adult Responsibilities In Helping Keep Children
Safe
  • School safety is a priority
  • Adults know how to recognize and respond to abuse
    disclosures and suspicions
  • Teach age-appropriate curriculum in personal
    health and safety - including individual safety
    planning

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Adult Responsibilities In Helping Keep Children
SafeKeeping School Safe
  • Follow law and policy.
  • Assure that school is a safe place for children
    a place where they know the adults are on their
    side. Children should be confident that the
    adults in the school will act in their behalf if
    they disclose abuse or neglect.
  • Adopt policies that minimize abuse opportunities.

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Helping Keep Children Safe Classroom Materials -
K-12 in 4J
  • District adopted comprehensive health education
    program
  • Lessons at each grade level on child abuse
    prevention
  • Each lesson is video based

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Adult Responsibilities Supplementary Classroom
Materials
  • Supplementary Second Step Card/Lesson

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Adult Responsibilities Supplementary Classroom
Materials
  • Supplementary Safety Planning Lessons

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Responder Support Community Resources You Can
Contact
  • Parent Help Line - 485-5211
  • Womenspace - 485-6513
  • Child Advocacy Center - 682-3938
  • DHS - 686-7555
  • www.211lane.org
  • www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/gp/prevention/childabu
    seprevent

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Responder Resource
  • Resource Packet available soon online has added
    information

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Responding to Child Abuse Questions and
Evaluation
  • Questions?
  • Please fill out an evaluation to help us improve
    our presentation
  • Thank You!

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