[HCCN] PR: 11.11.10 Mandated Reporter Training
children at downeasthealth.org
Thu Oct 21 11:31:15 EDT 2010
October 21, 2010; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Candy Eaton, Program Director
*Recognizing & Reporting Signs of Stress in Families for *
*Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse*
In Maine, many adults, while acting in a professional capacity, are
mandated by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the
Department of Health and Human Services. These professions include:
medical & dental personnel, school personnel, social workers & mental
health professionals, camp counselors, child care personnel, law
enforcement, municipal fire inspectors & code enforcement officials,
clergy, court-appointed guardian ad litems and humane agents. Anyone
suspecting child maltreatment is encouraged to report, as well.
On *_Thursday, November 11, 2010, 8:30am to 11:30_*, the Hancock County
Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, will provide
training for mandated reporters at the Down East Family YMCA Moore
School child care facility, State Street, Ellsworth. This is an
excellent opportunity for teachers and other childcare professionals who
may have the day off from their primary responsibilities to attend this
hands-on training. Do you drive a school bus? During last year's
legislative session, school bus drivers and bus attendants were added to
the list of professional mandated reporters.
This presentation includes the latest changes to the law, and will
provide you with a basic framework for recognizing child abuse and
neglect and the various indicators of physical abuse, sexual abuse,
neglect and emotional maltreatment. You will learn when to report, how
to make a report, what to do if it's an urgent situation, what happens
after you file a report, and how to protect children and support
families. This training is free, but pre-registration is required, so
please register early by calling Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261.
For more than twenty years, the Hancock County Children's Council has
worked to PREVENT child abuse and neglect in all its forms. /Physical
abuse/ is a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child.
These injuries may include, but are not limited to severe beatings,
burns, human bites or strangulation. /Emotional abuse /is a pattern of
behavior that attacks a child's emotional development and sense of
self-worth. Examples include constant criticizing, belittling and
providing no love, support or guidance. /Sexual abuse /is the
exploitation of a child for the sexual gratification of another as in
rape, incest, fondling of the genitals, exhibitionism or pornography.
Most child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know. We can
help protect children by teaching them they have a right to privacy, not
to keep secrets, and believe a child who confides in you. /Neglect /is
not providing children with the care or protection they need.
The Hancock County Children's Council collaborates with many local and
statewide partners to strengthen families and support communities in
nurturing all children. The Council has an extensive collection of books
and videotapes on subjects designed to help children and families live
healthier lives. The Family Resource Center Library is available to all
residents in Hancock County and is located at Downeast Health Services,
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME. Please call 667-5304 ext. 261,
email children at downeasthealth.org <mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>
or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org for additional
information on parenting classes, child development and family resources
available in Hancock County.
/Candy Eaton, Program Director
Hancock County Children's Council
a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605/
/207-667-5304, ext. 261 /
/children at downeasthealth.org/ <mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>
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