Child Abuse: Prevention
You can take simple steps every day to prevent child abuse and neglect in your program. This course will introduce you to staffing and program management practices that prevent child abuse and neglect. You will also learn how to help staff members understand your program’s guidance and touch policy. Finally, you will learn how to use reflective supervision as a way to help staff members do their best work in preventing child abuse and neglect.
Creating A Program Environment That Prevents Child Abuse and Neglect
You have a leadership role in preventing child abuse and neglect. This lesson will review the definitions of child abuse and neglect. Then you will learn about ways to strengthen families and your staff to prevent child abuse and neglect. You will conclude this lesson by setting a vision for your program and the outcomes you want to achieve related to preventing child abuse and neglect.
Building The Team: Staffing To Prevent Abuse and Neglect
Choosing the people who will care for children is a big responsibility. In this lesson, you will learn about general best practices in hiring. You will learn about the dispositions and skills necessary for work in child and youth programs. You will learn general background check and screening requirements.
Program Management Practices That Prevent Abuse and Neglect
This lesson will review the important program management practices that help you keep children safe. You will learn about supervision, open-door policies, and admission and release procedures for children.
Ensuring Appropriate Guidance Techniques Are Used In Your Programs
All professionals who work with children experience challenging behavior at one time or another. It is important to help staff members respond positively and appropriately. This lesson will introduce you to positive guidance techniques. It will also help you recognize behaviors that are never acceptable amongst staff in your workplace.
Operating Your Facility To Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Your facility has been designed to prevent child abuse and neglect. You must ensure that all staff understand and maximize the features of the environment that prevent abuse and neglect. You can also use tools, such as closed-circuit television, to assist in this important work. This lesson will introduce you to the physical features of your facility that prevent abuse and neglect, provide an overview of closed-circuit television, and discuss ways to restrict access to your program only to authorized individuals.
Supporting The Emotional Needs of Staff Members
For staff to protect children from harm, they must be mentally and emotionally healthy. Your support plays a role in helping staff members be their best. In this lesson, you will learn about reflective supervision as a tool to help staff members deal with stressful situations. You will also learn to observe staff members for signs of stress and learn how to take action to support staff.