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School-Based Child Maltreatment Programs: Synthesis of Lessons Learned
The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect awarded several grants during Fiscal Year 1997 to programs that utilized school resources for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The three-year demonstration projects focused on collaboration between child protection agencies and school systems; education for parents, teachers, and children about child abuse and neglect; and the involvement of school staff in prevention and intervention. This report summarizes the service approaches and lessons learned by 11 demonstration programs as noted in their final reports. The projects found that training was effective in enhancing knowledge about the signs of child abuse and reporting procedures. Teachers who attended prevention activities applied concepts to lesson plans and classroom management, while children became more conscious of safety. Direct services to at-risk children and families, disclosure response assistance, parenting education, and resource directories resulted in improvements in child behavior and academic achievement, as well as parental knowledge about stress and the child protection reporting system. In general, the grantees recommended flexibility in program schedules, cultural sensitivity for outreach activities, adaptability in response to participant needs, and realistic expectations for service utilization. 1 table.
Acknowledgment(s): This synthesis was made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency. Publication does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2003). School-based child maltreatment programs: Synthesis of lessons learned. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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