Programs and Guides
National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Members
The purpose of a Child Advocacy Center is to provide a comprehensive, culturally competent, multidisciplinary response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting. The team response to allegations of child abuse includes forensic interviews, medical evaluations, therapeutic intervention, victim support/advocacy, case review, and case tracking. These components may be provided by Child Advocacy Center staff or by other members of the Multidisciplinary Team.
To best promote the advancement of Child Advocacy Centers nationwide, the National Children’s Alliance has developed standards for an accreditation process. Child Advocacy Centers apply for accreditation and undertake a comprehensive evaluation and on-site review.
Child Abuse Medical Provider (CHAMP) Education Program
Responding to the need for medical practitioners in New York State skilled in child sexual abuse medical examinations, the State Department of Health is funding an important new effort. Known by its constituents as CHAMP, the Child Abuse Medical Provider education program has been developed to set up model child sexual abuse medical evaluation “mentor sites” at various locations throughout the State.
Child Abuse Evaluation and Treatment for Medical Providers
Dr. Ann Botash at the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) program at SUNY Upstate Medical University created the Child Abuse Evaluation and Treatment for Medical Providers website in order to provide a single, comprehensive source of child abuse information that offers tools and resources with which to diagnose and manage child and adolescent abuse victims. It is a resource for medical providers who do not have a background or expertise in forensic pediatrics and are striving to develop best practice standards for their patient care setting.
Summary Guide for Mandated Reporters in New York State
The New York State Office of Children of Family Services has published a useful resource for all people who work with children entitled Summary Guide for Mandated Reporters. This guide is available both in English and Spanish and includes up-to-date information on the following:
Who are mandated reporters?
The role of the mandated reporter
What is abuse or maltreatment of a child?
NYSCA Mandated Reporter Reference Guide
The New York State Children’s Alliance, Inc. (NYSCA), the New York State Chapter of the NCA, has created Mandated Reporter Reference Guides. The Guides are two-sided, 5.5″ x 8.5″ laminated cards with crucial information regarding Mandated Reporters, reasonable cause to suspect, appropriate responses to child abuse disclosures, and indicators of child abuse and maltreatment. Please contact CARCC if you are interested in receiving copies of the Mandated Reporter Reference Guides.
Guide to Child Protective Services System in New York State
The New York State Assembly, Commission on Children and Families, has their 2001 edition of A Guide to New York’s Child Protective Services System available online. This guide details the history of child protective services in New York State, the usage of the State Central Register, definitions of child abuse, reporting procedures, legal concerns, and more.
HIPPA and Child Abuse
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) addresses the security and privacy of patient health data. The effect of the HIPAA regulations on the ability to transfer child abuse information is still being evaluated. The American Bar Association published The Impact of HIPAA on Child Abuse and Neglect Cases to help assist Multidisciplinary Team members understand the regulations.
Child Abuse and Neglect User Manuals
The Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual series has been published since the late 1970s by Caliber Associates, with support from Administration for Children and Families, US Dept of Health and Human Services.
The new series provides: a foundation for understanding child abuse and neglect issues, as well as an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various professionals in preventing, identifying, and responding to child maltreatment; practical guidance to professionals involved in child protection, which includes promoting effective and collaborative practices in working with children and families; concise and easy-to-understand information to support training and education activities.
Sample publications include:
Coordinated response to child abuse and neglect
Child protection in families experiencing domestic violence
Role of educators in preventing and responding to child abuse
Child protective services: a guide for caseworkers
Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse
These guides were published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In response to requests from law enforcement jurisdictions nationwide for guidelines on investigating child abuse and neglect, OJJDP developed this series, each addressing a specific aspect of child abuse or neglect.
Sample publications include:
Recognizing when a child’s injury or illness is caused by abuse
Photodocumentation in the investigation of child abuse
Sexually transmitted diseases and child sexual abuse
Child neglect and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Burn injuries in child abuse
Forming a multidisciplinary team to investigate child abuse
Use of computers in the sexual exploitation of children
APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment
A resource of unparalleled thoroughness, The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment, Second Edition provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary coverage of the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect written in engaging and straightforward language and offering research-based applications for practice, this up-to-date revision covers physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological maltreatment from the medical, psychological, and legal points of view. Leading authorities in a variety of specialized areas have designed each chapter to inform college students and practitioners in social work, mental health, law, medicine, nursing, law enforcement, child protective services, and education of the most current research literature available as well as strategies for intervention and prevention.
Guidelines for Treatment
The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center has published a report entitled Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment that is now available online. This report is the result of a three year project to develop guidelines for the treatment of families experiencing physical or sexual abuse. It describes the development of a rating system for classifying clinical protocols and summarizes 24 treatment protocols commonly used. The effort was guided by the National Advisory Committee and had 30 contributors.
Child Welfare Terms – Bilingual Spanish and English
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has an online list of the more common child welfare terms, in both english and spanish, as a resource to those professionals serving Spanish-speaking families.
World Perspectives on Child Abuse
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) is pleased to announce the release of the Sixth Edition of World Perspectives on Child Abuse. A central component of this publication has been a mail survey of key informants identified by the ISPCAN leadership as being knowledgeable about child maltreatment issues within their respective countries. These respondents are asked to provide descriptive data on a variety of aspects related to the state of child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment in the respondent’s country. The current edition reports data on 64 countries, which are home to 70% of the world’s children.
National Center on Child Fatality Review Virtual Library
The National Center on Child Fatality Review’s (NCFR) mission is to develop and promote a nationwide system of Child Fatality Review Teams to improve the health, safety and well being of children and reduce preventable child fatalities and severe injuries. On their website, they have a virtual library database of hundreds of reports, protocols, statistics, and legislation pertaining to child fatalities. The virtual library requires a login registration.
Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)
CSOM has developed a variety of publications to provide assistance to the field on the effective management of sex offenders in the community.
Sample publications include:
Community notification and education
Myths and facts about sex offenders
Recidivism of sex offenders
Understanding juvenile sex offenders
Collaborative approach to sex offender management
Community Awareness Materials
Prevent Child Abuse America has several guides for parents on child abuse and neglect and prevention methods. Childhelp USA also has several resources that can be used for community education efforts.
Screening Volunteers to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
There are two guides available to provide guidance for developing policies for screening volunteers from the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations. The Screening Volunteers to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: A Community Guide for Youth Organizations details information regarding policies for screening and selecting volunteers who work with children in order to prevent child sexual abuse. The other guide, Screening Volunteers to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: A Three Step Action Guide presents a three step process for screening volunteers. It addresses risk, establishing criteria, and selecting screening tools.