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 firstname.lastname@example.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