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Message ID: 8721
Date: 2010-12-04

Author:Deborah Callins

Subject:RE: legislation

Passing along info: http://www.erinmerryn.net/erin%27s-law.html New: Erin’s Law or IL Senate Bill 2843. Excerpt: Each school district may adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include age-appropriate curriculum for students in pre-K through 5th grade; training for school personnel on child sexual abuse; educational information to parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed assistance, referral, or resource information; available counseling and resources for students affected by sexual abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of abuse to continue to be successful in school. Deborah Callins MAEd National Children's Advoacacy Center 210 Pratt Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 256-327-3761 dcallins@nationalcac.org www.nationalcac.org Visit our website Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook for the National Training Center Follow us on Twitter From: bounce-7490800-14190580@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7490800-14190580@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Allison West Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 1:29 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: legislation Thank you to everyone who has responded to this thread. Our group is compiling legislative histories from each state that has passed or is attempting to pass similar legislation and we will certainly dig further and explore whether states remained sexual abuse specific and their rationale behind doing so, or not doing so. While the missions of the collaborating organizations driving the effort in our state focus primarily on sexual abuse , we all certainly acknowledge and respect the need to also address the broader issue of child maltreatment and hope to proceed in a manner that is most likely to be useful and well received by stakeholders and legislators, also taking into consideration a variety of organizational and environmental factors. I imagine such factors led decision making processes in other states, as well. I would be happy to provide the results of our scan to those who are interested…please let me know if you would like this information. It may be best to respond to me individually at awest@cc-md.org . Regards, Allison West, LCSW-C Director of Child Abuse Prevention Catholic Charities of Baltimore awest@cc-md.org From: Barbara Shaffer [mailto:bshaffer@preventchildabuse.org] Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 1:18 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: legislation I think looking at all abuse makes the most sense in that it all impacts the children and the parents. I would also contact NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Ilness, http://www.nami.org/ to see what national information they have on it. The more wholestic approach we can give families the better off they all are as the children and parents clearly don't live separately as some of our systems seem to think they do. Good luck! On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:32 AM, > wrote: I agree that focus on sex abuse is too narrow. My observation after years on a Child Fatality Review Committee is that educational neglect, specifically absenteeism, is like the canary in the mine shaft. It masks other forms of maltreatment and social dysfunction, such as children being kept out of school to baby-sit or to allow time for physical abuse scars to heal. Though teachers may be mandated reporters, they may be pressured to screen indicated abuse through school administrators. Also, the responsibilities of the proliferating charter schools (which are publicly funded) need to be spelled out in legislation. What happens when a child drops out of a charter school and his existence is unknown to the public system? Aeolian M. Jackson, DSW -- Barbara Shaffer Senior Director of Chapter Services 720-282-4818 mtn time www.preventchildabuse.org

Passing along info: http://www.erinmerryn.net/erin%27s-law.html New: Erin’s Law or IL Senate Bill 2843. Excerpt: Each school district may adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include age-appropriate curriculum for students in pre-K through 5th grade; training for school personnel on child sexual abuse; educational information to parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed assistance, referral, or resource information; available counseling and resources for students affected by sexual abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of abuse to continue to be successful in school. Deborah Callins MAEd National Children's Advoacacy Center 210 Pratt Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 256-327-3761 dcallinsnationalcac.org www.nationalcac.org Visit our website Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook for the National Training Center Follow us on Twitter From: bounce-7490800-14190580list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7490800-14190580list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Allison West Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 1:29 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: legislation Thank you to everyone who has responded to this thread. Our group is compiling legislative histories from each state that has passed or is attempting to pass similar legislation and we will certainly dig further and explore whether states remained sexual abuse specific and their rationale behind doing so, or not doing so. While the missions of the collaborating organizations driving the effort in our state focus primarily on sexual abuse , we all certainly acknowledge and respect the need to also address the broader issue of child maltreatment and hope to proceed in a manner that is most likely to be useful and well received by stakeholders and legislators, also taking into consideration a variety of organizational and environmental factors. I imagine such factors led decision making processes in other states, as well. I would be happy to provide the results of our scan to those who are interested…please let me know if you would like this information. It may be best to respond to me individually at awestcc-md.org . Regards, Allison West, LCSW-C Director of Child Abuse Prevention Catholic Charities of Baltimore awestcc-md.org From: Barbara Shaffer [mailto:bshafferpreventchildabuse.org] Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 1:18 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: legislation I think looking at all abuse makes the most sense in that it all impacts the children and the parents. I would also contact NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Ilness, http://www.nami.org/ to see what national information they have on it. The more wholestic approach we can give families the better off they all are as the children and parents clearly don't live separately as some of our systems seem to think they do. Good luck! On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:32 AM, > wrote: I agree that focus on sex abuse is too narrow. My observation after years on a Child Fatality Review Committee is that educational neglect, specifically absenteeism, is like the canary in the mine shaft. It masks other forms of maltreatment and social dysfunction, such as children being kept out of school to baby-sit or to allow time for physical abuse scars to heal. Though teachers may be mandated reporters, they may be pressured to screen indicated abuse through school administrators. Also, the responsibilities of the proliferating charter schools (which are publicly funded) need to be spelled out in legislation. What happens when a child drops out of a charter school and his existence is unknown to the public system? Aeolian M. Jackson, DSW -- Barbara Shaffer Senior Director of Chapter Services 720-282-4818 mtn time www.preventchildabuse.org