Train the Trainers

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Articles February thru May 2014

February 17, 2014
CA: DCFS aims to better prepare next generation of social workers
The "home" is a simulation laboratory where trainers from Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services can collaborate with teachers from various universities as well as law enforcement and legal consultants to help the next generation of social workers. "It's OK to make mistakes here," academy instructor Beth Minor told a class, standing next to a prop refrigerator with a whisky bottle and flier for Alcoholics Anonymous.

February 23, 2014
CA: Los Angeles' Child Abuse Reporting System Underfunded & Underutilized
Better information sharing between law enforcement and child welfare topped a list of recommendations made to Los Angeles' Board of Supervisors by a blue ribbon commission created to reform the county's child protective services. The county doesn't lack for motivation on the subject; it already shelled out $2 million to build a software program meant to help child welfare agencies and law enforcement share information about suspected abuse.

February 24, 2014
CA: Mercury News editorial: Child abuse law still needs shoring up
The bill also would require the state Department of Education to develop the training program, including an online training module. These are essential changes, as demonstrated by the horror stories of unreported abuse that have come out over the past two years. But Gatto's bill still lacks an essential provision to be effective: a penalty for failing to comply.

March 07, 2014
US: Child Abuse may Increase Risk of ADD/ADHD in Children: Study
In fact, findings reveal that close to 30 percent of adults with ADD or ADHD reported that they were physically abused compared to seven percent of those with ADD or ADHD who were physically abused before 18.

March 26, 2014
CA: School child abuse reporting bill moves out of committee
Sparked by two years of this newspaper's reports on school employees failing to properly report child abuse, Assembly Bill 1432 would change state law from "strongly encouraging" training to "requiring annual training," including yearly proof of such education.

March 31, 2014
United Kingdom: Parents who deliberately starve children of love face jail under new Cinderella Law (Includes video)
Changes to the child neglect laws will make "emotional cruelty" a crime for the first time, alongside physical or sexual abuse