Train the Trainers

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Articles April thru June 2015

April 01, 2015
US: Experts debate line between spanking and abuse
ABA Journal
According to Howard Davidson, director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law, states have different approaches. By far the most common approach, used in 26 states, says parents may use reasonable force if it's necessary to reasonably maintain discipline. Eight others say parents may not use extreme or excessive force. Other states define specific prohibited acts, forbid cruelty or torture, or consider things like the age and size of the child.

April 24, 2015
US: Failing to provide for kids leads to aggression and delinquency, according to new study
Medical News Today
A new study by two researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work has shown that parents who chronically neglect their children contribute to the likelihood that they will develop aggressive and delinquent tendencies later in adolescence, and the one factor that links neglect with those behaviors appears to be poor social skills.

April 29, 2015
CA: Drop in child abuse referrals during the summer (Includes video)
Kern Golden Empire
With less than a month until school is out, summer is right around the corner. And local agencies say that means people need to take an even more active role in reporting child abuse as calls tend to drop during the summer.

May 19, 2015
ND: When is your child ready to stay home alone?
Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota does not have a law which provides an age when children can be left alone. However, guidelines have been developed by the state Department of Human Services and are used by county social service agencies in North Dakota.

May 26, 2015
AR: Church, Nonprofit Employees Mandatory Reporters Under Law
Southwest Times Record
Thanks to legislation enacted in April, all employees of nonprofit organizations, including churches, are now mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse in Arkansas. However, it's a fact of which many 501(c)(3) nonprofits may be unaware, according to local child advocates.

June 03, 2015
CA: State Senate approves faster reporting of possible child abuse or neglect
Orange County Breeze
Legislation authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that will lead to faster reports of possible child abuse and neglect cases received unanimous support during a recent Senate Floor vote and will now move to the State Assembly.

June 04, 2015
CT: Stiffer penalties for mandated reporters
Greenwich Time
A bill strengthening penalties for those who work with children but fail to report child abuse cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday when the state Senate unanimously approved it.

June 18, 2015
US: Supreme Court Allows Use of Child Abuse Evidence
Associated Press
Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday.