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Outreach and Resources

 

Engaged and concerned community members are critical to preventing, recognizing, and reporting child abuse.

In general, families visit Sunlight Child Advocacy Center and Sunshine Children’s Home as the result of an open DCF or law enforcement investigation. However, we can provide educational resources to our communities through presentations, print information, and other training opportunities.

Here we list some of the ways our staff and multi-disciplinary partners can address child abuse awareness, prevention, recognition, and reporting issues in our communities.

Print & Online Resources

Our staff is aware of many worthwhile free or inexpensive webinars, books, websites, pamphlets, flyers, curricula, guidebooks, and other reading material. Please contact us for print references for any of the topics you see listed here. Check our Facebook page for updates and links to free training opportunities.

Bullying Resources

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For Schools

Sunlight Child Advocacy Center (CAC) staff can meet with superintendents, principals, counselors, nurses, faculty, and support staff. We have given large-group presentations and have had informal small-group conversations. Typical topics include mandated reporting, methods of reporting, recognizing abuse, definitions of abuse, and a “minimal facts interview” with suspected victims.We will also help identify and/or deliver curricula to students on topics such as telling about abuse, saying no, making wise decisions, identifying inappropriate touch, and on-line safety. Similar programming is available for parents as well, since we know that children cannot be solely responsible for their own abuse prevention.

For Day Cares & After-School Groups

Information for schools will be appropriate for daycare providers as well. We also talk about creating policies that protect children and minimize “false reporting” concerns. We can help staff understand normal vs. worrisome sexual development and play.

For Community Service Clubs

Those engaged in their community through groups such as Kiwanis or Lions Clubs will be interested in learning about child abuse dynamics and community supports for victims, as well as in knowing about the Child Advocacy Center model and how we operate. Engaged citizens can be key in child abuse prevention, recognition, and reporting.

For Churches

Pastors and program directors need information on recognizing abusers’ common tactics and on creating personnel policies to lessen potential for abuse. Spiritual directors will be concerned about the effects of trauma and abuse and the dynamics of victimization. Staff can offer resources on churches’ response to abuse.

For Medical Providers

We can make available free or inexpensive webinars and other training to medical professionals on recognizing abuse, typical locations of injury from abuse vs. normal play, neurological trauma, and other physical and sexual abuse issues. Reporting issues are also a concern for medical professionals.