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					                          Child Abuse Prevention:
                        State Initiatives and Activities
Gria Davison
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
Student Support Services Project
Telephone: 850-922-8485
E-mail: gdavisonattempest.coedu.usf.edu

Dawne Gullatt
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Coordinator, School Social Work Services
Telephone: 813-273-7282
E-mail: Dawne.Gullattatsdhc.k12.fl.us

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

Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency
Cooperative Planning

   Legislative Authority/Areas of Focus
     Section 39.001(8)(b)2, F.S. The EOG, DCF, DOE and DOH…inform/instruct
       parents and school staff
     Section 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

Education Cooperative Planning Team: Activities
Section 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

46 School Districts Responding to the Survey
 Districts that Responded
     Walton
     Holmes
     Calhoun
     Franklin
     Jefferson
     Hamilton
     Dixie
     Baker
     Bradford
     Clay
     St. Johns
     Flagler
     Brevard
     Citrus
     Hardee
     Glades
     Monroe
   Districts that reported they did have a CAP
     Escambia
     Santa Rosa
     Okaloosa
     Jackson
     Leon
     Taylor
     Suwannee
     Columbia
     Nassau
     Volusia
     Lake
     Marion
     Seminole
     Sumter
     Hernando
     Pasco
     Pinellas
     Hillsborough
     Osceola
     Polk
     Manatee
     Sarasota
     De Soto
     Highlands
     Okeechobee
     St. Lucie
     Palm Beach
     Hendry
     Charlotte
     Lee
     Collier
     Broward
     Miami-Dade
   Districts Not Responded
     Washington
     Bay
     Gulf
     Liberty
     Gadsden
     Wakulla
     Madison
     Levy
     Gilchrest
     Alachua
     Union
     Orange
     Indian River

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

What is the frequency of your training?
                              Parents (of school students)
   One initial training at beginning of employment          1
   Annually                                                 1
   Twice a year                                             0
   Discretion of building principal                         5
   N/A                                                      26
                                       Students
   One initial training at beginning of employment          1
   Annually                                                 2
   Twice a year                                             0
   Discretion of building principal                         2
   N/A                                                      22
                                    Instructional Personnel
      One initial training at beginning of employment                      11
      Annually                                                             18
      Twice a year                                                         1
      Discretion of building principal                                     2
      N/A                                                                  2
                                    Building Administrators
      One initial training at beginning of employment                      2
      Annually                                                             20
      Twice a year                                                         1
      Discretion of building principal                                     6
      N/A                                                                  4
    Student Services Staff (social workers, guidance counselors, nurses, psychologists)
      One initial training at beginning of employment                      5
      Annually                                                             24
      Twice a year                                                         0
      Discretion of building principal                                     3
      N/A                                                                  1
                               District level staff/administrators
      One initial training at beginning of employment                      6
      Annually                                                             18
      Twice a year                                                         1
      Discretion of building principal                                     2
      N/A                                                                  7
                                              Other
      One time for new teachers; by grant; at hiring; as needed

Education Cooperative Planning Team: Activities
Section 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

  Curriculum materials are designed across a sequential program of instruction at the
                                following grade levels:
 Number of Respondents
    K-3rd                              9
    4th-6th                            7
    7 -9
        th th
                                        7
    10 -12
          th  th
                                        7
    Not specific to grade/
      student progression level         26
    Other                              9
                                    Next Steps
Evidence-based Curricula
 Identify effective or promising curricula
 Obtain list of current curricula
 Determine use of evidence-based
 Disseminate best practice or evidence-based curricula

Parent Information
 Survey a representative sample of parents
 Utilize the Florida PTA to assist in the survey

Under Revision: Child Abuse Source Book for Florida School Personnel: A
Prevention and Intervention Tool (2004)

                       Writing Team Expertise and Collaboration
      FLDOE
      DOH/CMS
      DCF
      Hillsborough County
      Broward County

                               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
Section 2: Reporting Child Abuse
   A. Florida Law on Reporting Child Abuse
   B. Preparing a Report – What to Include
   C. Florida Abuse Hotline Reporting Options
   D. Has Your Report Been Accepted?
   E. Frequently Asked Questions
Section 3: After a Report
   A. What Happens After You Make a Report? (flowchart)
   B. Talking With the Child’s Parent or Caregivers
   C. Confidentiality
   D. Dealing With Your Own Feelings
   E. When Reporting Does Not Seem to Help
Section 4: Supporting Maltreated Students
   A. Helping Maltreated Children Succeed in School
   B. Engaging the Family with the School
   C. Support Services in the School and Community
   D. Constructive Responses to Problem Behaviors
Section 5: The School’s Role in Prevention and Intervention
   A. Working with District and School Faculty
   B. Working with Families
   C. Prevention Programs in the Classroom
   D. 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

Sourcebook Highlights – Hot Topics

                       Hillsborough County Public Schools
                         Child Abuse Prevention Training

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

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

Collaborators and Partners: District
    Student Support Services
       School Social Workers
       School Psychologist
       Nurses
       Administrators
      Guidance Department
        Guidance counselors
        Administrators
      Exceptional Student Education Services
        ESE Specialists
        Staff Specialists
        Administrators
      School Security Services
      Staff Development and Training Office

Collaborators and Partners: Community
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s 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

Local Prevention School Trainings: District
    New Teacher Orientation Training
    Student Support Services and Guidance Training
    Role of Educator in Prevention and Intervention of Child Abuse Training

Local Prevention School Programs: Community 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 and Foster Care Parents

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
     The Educator’s Role in Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. Published by The
      Child Abuse Council, Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental
      Health Institute, Department of Child and Family Services
     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 and Student
      Services, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of
      Health, and select Florida school districts


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