It is the responsibility of adults to provide the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments that help children thrive. We encourage everyone to support families and keep children safe. There are several things you can do to raise awareness and impact positive change during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County is asking everyone to wear BLUE every Friday in April to help us raise awareness about child abuse prevention. So wear blue, take a selfie and post it to our Facebook page @CACofSedgwickCounty and/or Instagram @cac_SedgwickCounty with the hashtag #WearBlue2022! and/or #GoBlueICT. Help us reach as many people as possible with child abuse prevention information by following us on social media and sharing our posts!
Con el sueño de un mundo donde los niños puedan crecer felices, sanos y a salvo, Darkness to Light se compromete a facultar a las personas para prevenir el abuso sexual de menores. Creemos que la protección de los niños es responsabilidad de los adultos y que gracias a la educación y la capacitación, estarán facultados para actuar.
How do we ensure that children have a safe, stable, nurturing environment in which to grow? One strategy is engaging communities to support family-friendly policy and practice changes. Family-friendly workplaces and a family-friendly society are good for children, parents, and elders; they are in the best interest of employers; and, in the long run, they benefit all communities. Based on the latest research and strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect, this training will raise awareness and understanding about the connections between preventing and mitigating adverse childhood experiences, which lead to stronger families and stronger businesses. Specific examples of actions that can be taken will be provided. NOTE: This training is not approved for KDHE child care licensing hours, but approval is pending. Certificates of attendance will be provided to all participants.
Parents, caregivers and educators remain the first line of defense in protecting children against the potential dangers lurking online. This presentation is designed to educate, equip and empower adults with the knowledge and resources needed to help protect children from online dangers including predators, cyber bullies and threats related to gaming, social networking and mobile devices.
Children who grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that foster hope and resilience are better prepared for lifelong health and well-being. The 1998 landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study demonstrated that many adults recall experiences - including abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and areas of household dysfunction - that led to lifelong poor physical and emotional health. While ACEs are important, an exclusive focus on adverse experiences risks labeling children and their families, and it neglects to turn attention toward the possibility for flourishing even in the face of adversity (Sege, R). Participants of this training will learn about the ACEs research including the impact on social connections, school readiness and the likelihood of developing negative health behaviors, learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework being implemented to prevent ACEs called Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments; and brainstorm concrete ways to cultivate relationships and environments that create a positive impact for children and families in our communities. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.
Mandated reporting is a professional responsibility for all helping professionals. Despite our best intentions, and our belief in evidence-based practice, mandated reporting remains one of the few areas in which professionals do not regularly examine best practices or look beyond their perceived legal and ethical obligations. How do we incorporate all that we know about trauma, racial disproportionality in child welfare, the importance of relationships, and ethical, evidence-based practice into our legal duty as mandated reporters? In this training, professionals will learn alternatives to mandated reporting that can prevent child maltreatment, promote family preservation, and maintain client engagement. Participants will be asked to take a critical eye to the legal and ethical implications of the decision to report and consider ways in which these decisions have impact for families, and for our professions, beyond the reporting call. Presenters are from the Institute to Transform Child Protection, www.transformchildprotection.org. This training is NOT preapproved for KDHE child care licensing hours. Certificates of attendance will be provided.
Extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. This one-hour documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” examines into the science of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. The film is followed by a facilitated discussion to enhance understanding of childhood trauma.
Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children, including medical professionals, social workers, nurses, educators and more, are mandated reporters. This means that they are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Participants of this training will be able to define the various types of abuse and neglect, identify signs and symptoms of each type, and address areas of risk and protective factors. In addition, participants will learn the appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure, and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.
Step Up for KIDS is a timed or untimed 5K run and Memorial Walk that benefits the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network. The 19th annual event will take place in person on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Wichita's Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Registration includes a T-shirt (guaranteed if registered by April 10, 2022), children's fair, snacks, and admission to Cowtown, a living history museum of 1870s Victorian Wichita.