Child Sexual Abuse
Organizations that provide information and resources on child sexual abuse. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) is a member-based interest group which provides an educational forum for the discussion of problems with treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention. For more information, visit http://www2.aap.org/sections/childabuseneglect/.
The AAP's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect is concerned with issues relating to the physical, sexual, and mental abuse and neglect of children, adolescents, and their families. The committee develops appropriate policy recommendations and serves as a liaison with other organizations concerned with the health and well-being of children and their families.
Education Specific: The Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP The Curriculum®) provides pediatric professionals a way to complete their continuing medical education credits and to study for the Pediatric Maintenance of Certification. For additional information, see http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Section-on-young-physicians/Pages/PREP.aspx.
The PREP: CAP (Pediatrics Review Education Program: Child Abuse Pediatrics) provides child abuse specialists, general pediatricians, other physicians, and allied health professionals with an intensive review and update of topics in child abuse pediatrics and enables participants to apply child abuse updates and case presentations readily in their own practice settings.
Other training resources include but are not limited to the Advanced Pediatric Life Support (ALPS) curriculum. ALPS presents the information physicians need to assess and care for critically ill and injured children during the first few hours in the emergency department or office-based setting. For more information, see http://www.aplsonline.com/.
The Healthy Children website offers tips and training for parents on a variety of issues such as safety and injury prevention, mental health, and child development. For more information, see http://www.healthychildren.org/.
APSAC is committed to:
- Preventing and eliminating the recurrence of child maltreatment;
- Promoting research and guidelines to inform professional practice;
- Connecting professionals from the many disciplines to promote the best response to child maltreatment; and
- Educating the public about child abuse and neglect.
Training Specific: APSAC's Advanced Training Institutes offer in-depth training on selected topics. taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field of child maltreatment.
Training Specific: The Center provides in-person training in the Southeastern United States as well as online resources. The Center partners with the Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to provide tuition-free training. Training offerings include an in-person introductory 8-hour course for social service providers who may encounter human trafficking victims, law enforcement that may investigate the cases, and task force members.
CVIP's partners and collaborators include multiple universities and community-based agencies serving the most vulnerable populations.
CVIP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Training Specific: The Chadwick Center offers accredited Professional Education to those involved in fields of prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse and family violence.
Major educational activities include the annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment (http://www.sandiegoconference.org/), the Clinical Training Program for visiting professionals, the weekly multidisciplinary Child Protection Team Case Conference, and various local, county, and state trainings funded through contracts.
Training Specific: The Child Safe program offers workshops, educational materials, and online training programs for primary caregivers, professionals, volunteers and children around the topics of sexual abuse awareness, prevention, and intervention. For more information, please see http://www.childsafeeducation.com/trainingcenter.html.
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.
The First Witness forensic interview training is accredited by the State of Minnesota for continuing education units for social workers, lawyers, law enforcement professionals, and psychologists.
The Institute’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals on a local, national, and international level by sharing and disseminating vital information, improving networking among professionals, and assisting with program evaluation, consultation, and training to promote violence-free living.
Training Specific: IVAT provides workshops and educational training on all aspects of family violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, aggression, trauma, intervention and prevention programs, assessment, forensic issues, and policy development. For more information, see http://www.ivatcenters.org/trainings-ces-certifications.
Training Specific: Training programs for various age groups, from preschool through the teens years, as well as training for adults, is available. For more information, please see .http://www.internationalcap.org/programs_approach.html
ISPCAN's mission is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse, and child labor.
Training Specific: Kempe provides advanced training for front-line professionals who will subsequently become child abuse and neglect experts in their communities. Examples of trainings offered include:
- Training Opportunities through the Colorado Department of Human Services;
- Perpetration Prevention Training;
- Treatment of Sexually Abusive Youth: A Goal Oriented Approach.
The NCTSN is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through a Congressional initiative, the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. The NCTSN is jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University.
Training Specific: The NCAC is one of the providers of training for professionals working with abused children and their families. These trainings are both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific. Training resources include:
- National Conferences (National Symposium on Child Abuse and the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention)
- Training Courses include three new trainings for professionals: Prosecuting Child Abuse 101: An Advocacy Course on Child Sexual Abuse, Victim Advocacy 101: Working with Child Victims and Witnesses, and Investigating Child Abuse 101: A Course for Law Enforcement Officers.
- Online Trainings (For those who cannot travel to one of the national conferences or the NCAC National Training Center, a series of free online training is available. Academy Online is designed to be viewed by either individuals or groups of child abuse professionals.)
- Additional Training Opportunities (The NCAC develops and delivers customized training sessions on a number of topics. These trainings can be delivered on-site at the NCAC Training Center in Huntsville, AL, or in the host community.) Additional information about all of these training resources is available online at http://www.nationalcac.org/training-opportunities.
Training Specific: A wide range of training opportunities can be found in the Comprehensive Training Catalogue For Children's Advocacy Centers. The pdf version of the Catalogue is available for download. For more information about training resources, see http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/index.php?s=54.
Training Specific: The OVC Training & Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides a diverse range of specialized training and technical assistance services related to human trafficking through its in-house subject matter experts and vetted consultants. Direct technical assistance is provided on task force formation, organizational structure, promising practices, revitalization, and other trafficking topics. In-person training and technical assistance, including distance consultation, tailored to requester’s needs, is available at no cost through OVC TTAC’s Customized Training and Technical Assistance Program. Any professional who encounters victims of human trafficking is eligible to request victim-centered training on human trafficking. OVC TTAC also can review protocols, training materials, and documents. Training audiences include attorneys, judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, social service providers, task force members, and allied professionals.
Training Specific: A Resources section offers a list of organizations that provide training and technical assistance to build the capacity of service providers and communities to respond to human trafficking as it intersects with multiple systems. A short synopsis and contact information on each is provided. Training audiences include youth-serving organizations, government agency service providers, and communities who respond to human trafficking.
PFML/CVC is funded by the U.S. Justice Department to staff the National Megan’s Law Helpline to support the community when sex offender notifications are implemented and to provide appropriate law enforcement referrals when registrants are failing to comply with registration requirements or are in positions of trust which may pose a risk to public safety.
Training Specific: Through the National Training and Technical Assistance Program, the Polaris Project works to ensure the implementation and institutionalization of anti-trafficking efforts and enhance community networking, coordination, and response. The Project offers in-person and online training as well as training of trainers, develops specialized curricula, offers consultation and technical assistance, and assists task forces, coalitions, and advocates with capacity building and sustainability. This includes providing information on Federal and State laws, promising practices, victim identification and assessment, and human trafficking trends. Training audiences include attorneys, judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, social service providers, task force members, and allied professionals.
Training Specific: Project REACH offers in-person training and distance consultation about trafficking and trauma. Project REACH works to train local service providers, including first responders and law enforcement, who will be working with specific trafficking victims about relevant issues, including information on trafficking, the psychological effects of trauma, working with trafficking survivors (such as interviewing techniques), and culturally appropriate, trauma-informed interventions with survivors of trafficking.
Training Specific: The Safer Society will help individuals, agencies, states, and organizations develop specialized training institutes on current and emerging topics related to sexual abuse prevention and treatment. To identify professional trainers or to set up a training event, please call for further information.
Training Specific: Shared Hope International provides various training programs and resources designed to improve the identification of victims of sex trafficking and enhance agency management of these cases. Customized training is also available and designed to meet the needs of a variety of audiences that may come in contact with victims of domestic sex trafficking.
Visit the Online Help Center at StopItNow.org for guidance and resources to prevent child sexual abuse.