We Want to Change the Way People Think about Prevention
Prevention does not always have to be on a large scale. Prevention can take place through forming a singular connection with a child or family. Communities and child and family serving organizations are vital in prevention efforts by understanding early child development, child safety policies, and how to report suspected abuse.
Below are trainings offered by Prevention Child Abuse Georgia or collaborating partners for low or no cost!
Workshop on Creating Child Protection Policies
Free In-Person Mandated Reporter Training
Ideally, mandated reporting is the early recognition of child maltreatment with the goal of preventing further abuse from occurring. Early treatment of victimized children can help reduce the adverse consequences of abuse or neglect. Many mandated reporters have professional relationships with children that make it possible for children to disclose abuse or for the mandated reporter to identify maltreatment.
Identifying immediate danger may be clear, but other forms of maltreatment such as neglect may leave a mandated reporter questioning whether to report. Other barriers to reporting include limited knowledge of signs and symptoms, fear of inaccuracy or fear of hurting the professional-parent relationship. Reporting suspected abuse not only helps to protect children from further harm, it can get family members the help they need, such as counseling, parent education and basic necessity supports.
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has trained 49 professionals throughout the state of Georgia to deliver Mandated Reporter Training to communities, professionals or groups who wish to have in-person training. You can request a training in your area by contacting a trainer near you.Request Trainer by Location
Better Brains for Babies (BBB) is a collaboration of state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children in Georgia. To learn more about the history of the Better Brains for Babies initiative, click here.
To improve the potential of young children by promoting the use of
early brain development research in everyday life experiences.
- Education. To develop and deliver a clear and consistent science-based message about the impact of early brain development on children's overall growth and development.
- Training. To educate and support volunteer Better Brains for Babies trainers who will actively disseminate information on early brain development throughout the state.
The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is the premiere nonprofit organization in Atlanta fighting child sexual and physical abuse through effective intervention, therapy and prevention education.
The Center is leading a statewide initiative training adults to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. The mission of the prevention initiative is to reduce the occurrence of child sexual abuse through a coordinated effort by bringing Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training to leading institutions.
If you would like to take a Stewards of Children training in Georgia, Click Here
See how PCA Georgia and The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy work together to advocate and train organizations to prevent child sexual abuse.
Mandated Reporters Need Training- Even If It's Not Mandated
As professional or volunteer who works with kids on a regular basis, would you know what to do if you suspected that a child in your program has been abused or wanted to tell you a “secret” about something that’s happened to him or her? Do you know your organization’s policy on suspected child abuse? Are you prepared to make a report to child protective services? The role of today’s youth-service workers includes not only creating enriching experiences for the children and youth, it also includes understanding the role of mandated reporter.
Ideally, mandated reporting is the early recognition of child maltreatment with the goal of preventing further abuse from occurring. Early treatment of victimized children can help reduce the adverse consequences of abuse or neglect. Many child or family serving professionals that see children on a daily basis are considered mandated reporters and a first line of defense. Their close working relationships with children make it possible for children to disclose abuse or for staff to identify maltreatment.
Identifying immediate danger may be clearer, but other forms of abuse such as neglect may leave a mandated reporter questioning whether to report. Other barriers to reporting include limited knowledge of signs and symptoms, fear of inaccuracy or fear of hurting the professional-parent relationship. Reporting suspected abuse not only helps to protect children from further harm, it can get family members the help they need, such as counseling, parent education and basic necessity supports.
Free In-Person Mandated Reporter Training
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has trained 49 professionals throughout the state of Georgia to deliver Mandated Reporter Training to communities, professionals or groups who wish to have in-person training. You can request a training in your area by contacting a trainer near you.
To request in-person Mandated Reporter Training please contact Jyll Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) represents a multi-disciplinary partnership of nearly 50 national, state and local, and public and private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based Protective Factors into services and supports for children and their families.
The primary Strengthening Families Georgia goal is that all agencies, organizations and individuals serving families with young children will embed the Strengthening Families Framework into systems, programs, services and activities. This primary goal is supported by three goals as defined in the Goals visual, Strengthening Families Georgia: A Foundation for Enhancing Child and Family Serving Agencies. The SFG Framework guides policy and decision making, serves to unify sectors to promote a strengths-based approach to working with families, and helps decision-makers understand the importance of supporting all families.
KEY ASPECTS OF GEORGIA’S WORK
Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors
You can request in-person training of one or more of the 5 protective factors by emailing email@example.com.
Until a baby is about 5 months old, he goes through a stage of development that the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome calls The Period of PURPLE Crying.
The common characteristics of this phase are described using the acronym "PURPLE":
Peak of crying: Crying peaks during the second month, then decreases during months three to five.
Unexpected: Crying may come and go unexpectedly for no apparent reason.
Resists soothing: Crying may continue despite all soothing efforts by caregivers.
Pain-like face: Infants may look like they are in pain, even when they are not.
Long lasting: Crying can go on for 30-40 minutes at a time, and often for much longer.
Evening: Crying may occur more in the late afternoon and evening.
Join the Campaign!
The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children has partnered with CLICK for Babies to bring awareness of Period of PURPLE Crying to Georgia. Learn how to get involved with the knitting campaign.
The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children provides many trainings aimed at keeping children safe. To see a full list of trainings click HERE>
The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) is a partnership between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Division) and the Georgia State University, School of Social Work Professional Excellence Program. The mission of CWTC is to promote a collaborative approach to child welfare practice by providing high-quality training to Division staff and community partners, including law enforcement, schools, foster parents, faith based organizations, mental health providers, child care agencies, juvenile courts, community service organizations, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and many others who work with children and families. A strong child welfare system relies on partnerships to provide an array of services that help families achieve positive outcomes. CWTC enhances the working relationships between the Division and partners by creating a common core of knowledge and opportunities for collaboration.
During the Fall of 2016 they are offering a series of courses on Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress and Brain Development.
As of September 2016, the Trauma 101 and Brain 101 courses are available for scheduling.
- They suggest taking a course in your community. Building collaborative skills and relationships is an important part of our courses and we would like for you to be in a training with other professionals in the community where you work.
- They suggest completing the courses in the following order:
- Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress
- Brain 101: Understanding Brain Development in Children and Adolescents
- Trauma 201: Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Work with Children and Families
- Brain 201: Effects of Brain Changes On Children’s Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Well-Being
- Brain and Trauma Capstone: Applying Trauma and Brain Development Knowledge to Practice
- Teaming 101: Community Team Building
View the Center for Disease Control's guidebook for employers on the advantages of promoting healthy workplaces that includes supporting family structure along with the healthy development of children.