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This book is an invaluable resource for educators who are concerned about how to recognize and intervene effectively in situations of child abuse and neglect. Educators increasingly are being asked to report and intervene in cases of child maltreatment, but often do not know how to identify or react to situations. The book outlines symptoms, checklists for quick reference, and factors that put children at risk of maltreatment. The book then takes readers through the step-by-step process of reporting abuse and neglect, describes potential outcomes, and discusses assistance to parents and children that can be offered by educators. Dr. Crosson-Tower also describes how schools can create Child Protection Teams to enable all staff to manage abuse and neglect situations more effectively. This book will be essential to novice as well as expert educators who need current and easy to apply information in this difficult area.
I. RECOGNIZING WHEN CHILDREN ARE BEING ABUSED OR NEGLECTED.
1. Why Educators Are So Important in the Lives of Abused and Neglected Children?
Why Should Educators Be Involved in Reporting Abuse and Neglect?
What if We Do Not Intervene?
2. How Can We Recognize Abuse and Neglect?
What Is Neglect?
What Is Physical Abuse?
What Is Emotional Abuse?
What Is Sexual Abuse and Exploitation?
Behavior as a Clue to Abuse.
3. What Factors Put Children at Risk for Abuse and Neglect?
Children and Attachment.
Substance Abuse in the Home.
Children Who Witness Domestic Violence
Special Needs as a Risk Factor for Abuse.
The Impact of Abuse on Children and Multiple Victimization.
4. How Has the Internet Put Children at Risk for Abuse?
The Lure of the Internet
Who Abuses Children Through the Internet?
Why Do Such Perpetrators Have Access to Children?
Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse Through the Internet.
5. Why Do People Abuse and Neglect Children?
Physically Abusive Parents.
Emotionally Abusive Parents.
What About Abuse by Another Educator?
6. Is It Abuse or Neglect or Not?
Discipline Versus Abuse.
Culture and Child Abuse.
Some Tips Related to Validation and Reporting.
Why Educators Might Not Report.
II. HOW CAN WE INTERVENE?
7. How Can Schools Be Proactive?
Having a Reporting Protocol.
The Advantages of a Child Protection Team.
The Formation of the Child Protection Team.
The Importance of Training.
8. How Do We Communicate with the Abused/Neglected Child and the Family?
Talking with the Abused and Neglected Child.
Talking with the Parents of an Abused or Neglected Child.
The Importance of Confidentiality.
9. How Do I Make a Report?
Making a Report Without a Child Protection Team.
Making a Report Through a Child Protection Team.
Tips for Child Protection Team Members.
10. What Happens Once the Report Has Been Made?
Does the Case Warrant Further Investigation?
Is it Safe for the Child to Remain in the Home?
Will the Family Accept Help Willingly?
Exactly What Type of Treatment Does the Family Need?
Who Will Be Involved in the Treatment of the Family?
How Long Will the Treatment Take?
At What Point Does the Family No Longer Need Services?
What Happens to the Child While the Family is Being Investigated and Later Treated?
What Involvement Does the Educator Have in the Investigation and Treatment?
What If the Case Becomes Involved with Court?
11. What About the Long Range Picture?
Helping the Child Individually.
Helping the Maltreated Child in the Classroom
Helping the Foster Child in the Classroom.
"No One Said It Would Be Easy!"
12. How Can We Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect?
A Brief Look at Abuse Prevention Efforts.
Abuse Prevention Today.
Implementing a Successful Prevention Program.
Finding Prevention Materials.
State Toll Free Reporting Numbers.
Child Abuse and Neglect Resources.
Prevent Child Abuse America — State Contacts.
Protecting Children with Disabilities — A Resource Listing.
Prevention Resources — Agencies Involved in Prevention.
How to Start a Child Abuse Prevention Program in Your Community.
Federal Funding Resources for Prevention Activities.