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December 2018

Child Abuse Awareness, Prevention & Education Programs

 

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for Adults

Stewards of Children® training is for every adult who cares about the safety of children.  Child sexual abuse happens in our homes, neighborhoods, churches, schools, youth sports and online.  It can happen to a child you care about – even your own child.  The Stewards of Children program seeks to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. 

In this training, you will:

*Receive a mix of survivor stories, expert advice and practical guidance for preventing child sexual abuse.

*Learn about making choices, taking risks and supporting each other.

*Get simple strategies to prevent and respond to sexual abuse through Darkness to Light’s 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children.

This program is offered both in person or via Zoom on request to community clubs, groups or organizations within our service area. Learn more about the program here at: http://www.d2l.org 

Schedule your training today by contacting Ashlay Berry at 660-359-2874 or by email at aberry@ncmochildren.org

 

 

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Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention for Children

Play it Safe! teaches children how to reduce their risk of being sexually abused.

 

          

Play it Safe! is a child abuse awareness and prevention program that incorporates age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children how to reduce their risk of sexual and physical abuse, and sexual assault. It teaches them to recognize potentially abusive behavior, provides the tools to respond to threatening situations, and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult.


Play it Safe!® is an evidence-informed, age-appropriate, risk reduction program for Pre-K through high school age students. Since 1983, more than 1.5 million children have learned about personal safety from the Play it Safe! program. Each grade level’s interactive curriculum speaks to children in a way that they can best learn and respond.

*If you would like more information about Play It Safe, or are interested in bringing the program to your school or community, please contact: 

Amanda White

Child & Family Advocate

North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center

660-359-2874

 

 

 

 

 


Community Presentations

Child abuse awareness, education,  and prevention programs are a vital component to a healthy and safe community for our children. The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center (NCMCAC) recognizes that to protect children from abuse, prevention services must address individuals, families and the community.

Prevention programs offered by the NCMCAC have the ability to reach nearly 8,500 people in our service area. These programs offer a range of services to parents, children, schools and a variety of individuals and organizations throughout our communities. We all want to have a safe, healthy and happy community.

We CAN protect our children, take steps to help prevent abuse and build a strong and prosperous future for our community. It’s possible and it’s happening. The NCMCAC is working hard to be a voice for children and YOU can, too.

Check out the Programs we can present to your group or community by clicking our Prevention tab under Categories. For more information, or to find out how to have a program brought to your community, please contact us at (660) 359-2874.


Forensic Interviews

Conducting Forensic Interviews is the primary service offered by NCMCAC. The interview is typically the cornerstone of a child abuse investigation. Forensic interviews are conducted in a child-friendly environment by specially trained Forensic Interviewers that have received no less than 40 hours of a nationally or state recognized forensic interview training that includes child development and peer review. The interview is culturally sensitive, legally sound, non-leading, unbiased and supported by research, which includes peer review. It seeks to gather information from a child about abuse they may have experienced, allowing for the competence of the child, using the child’s own words. It also aims to reduce trauma for the child, maximize information obtained, maintain the integrity of the investigation, and minimize the contaminating effects of the interview. The Forensic Interviewer may then provide expert testimony within a judicial setting if necessary concerning the interview and the child’s statements.

All referrals for a Forensic Interview must come from a Law Enforcement agency, Children’s Division, or the Juvenile Office.


Advocacy & Support

Children and families in crisis need assistance in navigating through the systems’ response to a report of child abuse. Research has shown that a child believed and supported after having made a disclosure of abuse is more likely to be resilient in processing their trauma, brave enough to endure a judicial process, as well as remain firm in their testimony. The NCMCAC provides advocacy and support for the child and family to assist in trauma reduction and improve overall outcomes. Up-to-date information and ongoing support is critical to a child and family’s comfort and ability to participate in intervention and treatment. Our victim advocacy services also includes court accompaniment, crisis intervention, education on the dynamics of abuse, case coordination, case review facilitation with identified MDT, and therapeutic treatment broker, as well as acts as a referral resource for other services within the community. Services are available from case initiation until case disposition, or the family decides advocacy is not longer needed.

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Trauma Counseling

Without effective therapeutic intervention, many traumatized children will suffer ongoing or long term adverse social, emotional, and developmental outcomes that may impact them throughout their lifetime. Specialized trauma-focused mental health services are made available for every child receiving a forensic interview. The treatment process engages the non-offending caretaker, includes trauma-specific assessment with full trauma history, and the use of standardized assessment tools to gauge progress. While the forensic interview is separate from mental health treatment, our counselor attends and participates in the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) response during case reviews, so that a child’s treatment needs can be assessed and the child’s mental health can be monitored and taken into account as the MDT makes decisions about the case.


Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (S.A.F.E.)or Child At Risk Exam (C.A.R.E.)

Often called a SAFE-CARE exam, these exams are conducted by medical providers specifically trained to conduct evaluations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. These exams are conducted both in urgent and non-urgent circumstances as deemed necessary based upon information obtained during an investigation. NCMCAC refers these exams to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, MO, to be conducted by experts in the field of child abuse. Members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) will work together to ensure that children receive the necessary medical services, evaluations and treatment as determined by information obtained through the investigative process on a case by case and child by child basis.

For more information regarding the SCAN clinic use the following link: Safety, Care & Nurturing (SCAN) | Children's Mercy Kansas City

For a map to the SCAN Clinic please use this link: Children's Mercy Adele Hall | Children's Mercy Kansas City

        

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Case Review & Tracking

Every case presented to the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy (NCMCAC) is reviewed by the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT), where collaborative decisions about the case are made.  NCMCAC tracks each case from initiation until disposition to monitor its progress.  Case tracking also assists in program evaluation and generating statistical reports for grant writing and reporting purposes.


American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Donation

We’re a bit behind but we’d like to give a shout-out to the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation for their recent generous donation of $1,000 to assist local children reported abused in the following 12 counties: Caldwell, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan. This gift came our way as a result of a donation made by our local American Family Insurance Agency in Trenton via Cara McClellan. Thank you, Cara!

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