Becoming an Effective Mandated Reporter
Our mandated reporter training offers insight into how child abuse cases are handled in Warren and Washington counties. We utilize a panel of experts who share their knowledge and experience on the following:
- The benefit of Child Advocacy Centers
- How to identify signs of child abuse and unsafe situations for children
- The important role of a Mandated Reporter in keeping children safe
- What happens after a report is accepted by the child abuse hotline
The panel of experts includes representatives from Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Victim Advocacy, and the Warren Washington C.A.R.E. Center. This training is 90 minutes long and can be completed virtually or in person.
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children
The Warren Washington C.A.R.E. Center’s Outreach Coordinator is an authorized facilitator of the nationally recognized Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program. Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed, award-winning two-hour training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Through interviews with child sexual abuse survivors, experts, and treatment providers, Stewards of Children® teaches adults practical actions they can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities. This prevention program can be offered virtually or in person.
‘The Protect Yourself Rules’
At the Warren Washington C.A.R.E. Center, we offer the ‘Protect Yourself Rules’ child abuse prevention series to grades K – 8th. This program was developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in collaboration with fightchildabuse.org. This program has been endorsed by national education associations, the national YMCA, and others. The program’s main goal is to educate children about what to do when confronted with unsafe situations. The program has been developed and scripted by child advocates, therapists, and national scholars. It has been tested and presented in schools throughout the United States and is approved under the Erin’s Law mandate.
Our Outreach Coordinator, Shalini Barrow offers this program free of charge to local school districts with great reviews:
The program was very effective. Shalini helps everyone in class break down and understand a difficult topic. The videos she shows are relevant and cover various scenarios. My favorite part about this program is that Shalini tries to relate to the students. Her warm and welcoming approach to the students helps make them comfortable discussing these topics. My students still bring up Shalini and what she taught them. – Greenwich Central School, 2022.