Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky values the role every citizen plays in the prevention of child abuse. PCAK has designed curricula to address current trends and best practice for the prevention of child maltreatment. Following is a list of topics with a brief overview of material covered during the training/workshop. These trainings are typically 1.5 hours in length but can be modified to meet your needs.  Social Work CEUs can be awarded for any training that PCAK provides. 


Child Abuse Recognition Education for Medical Professionals *
Medical professionals are in a unique position to recognize the early warning signs of child abuse. Through lecture, injury identification, and discussion, medical professionals will learn best practice regarding the medical evaluation for suspected child maltreatment, reporting child abuse/neglect to authorities, calling in reports to authorities, collecting social history and continuing relationships with families, and prevention techniques specific to the medical setting.


*Thanks to all the medical professionals who provided valuable input into the development of this curriculum


Child Fatality Review Teams in Kentucky

The Child Fatality Review System is the state’s response to childhood deaths: a system designed to learn what we can and develop strategies to prevent childhood deaths.  Attendees of this training will be able to: (1) Identify the composition of the Local Child Fatality Review Team; (2) Identify the function of the Child Fatality Review Team; (3) Identify the goals of the Local Team; (4) List best practice models for child death investigation and case review; and (5) Identify opportunities to

integrate case review findings into local prevention efforts.


Engaged Fathers: Improving Outcomes for Children
Fathers are instrumental in the healthy growth and development of children. This workshop reviews research on the positive and negative outcomes which are directly influenced by the involvement of fathers in children’s lives. Attendees are provided with tools to assess the “father-friendliness” of their organizations and service delivery models. Discussion surrounds changes in practice which, when

instituted, may impact the engagement of fathers in the lives of children.


Internet Safety

The Internet Safety training provides strategies to EDUCATE, MONITOR and COMMUNICATE internet safety.  As a result of this training, participants will understand risks and learn how to keep children protected both from unsafe material as well as from predators who are unyielding in their efforts. This training has been designed to support parents and other caregivers in their efforts to assure the safety of children in their care.


Kentucky Strengthening Families

Supporting families is a key strategy for promoting school readiness and preventing child abuse and neglect. Attendees will learn how to apply the KY Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework in their community, organization, or program through the following training objectives: (1) Ability to list and explain each of the six Protective Factors; (2) Recognizing the importance of strengthening families based on research; (3) Identifying strategies for how your program can align current program practices with the Protective Factors; and 4) Developing a plan for how you will promote the protective factors in your workplace so every interaction you have with families is strength-based and high impact.


Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

Kentucky statute requires education on the identification and prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma. In partnership with experts in child maltreatment, PCAK has developed curricula to meet the needs of a variety of professionals impacted by this legislation.

Preventing Child Maltreatment Death:  A Community Effort
Everyone has a role to play in keeping children safe and ensuring they reach their full potential. Through lecture and group work, participants are empowered to act to end the tragedy of child death and near death at the hands of those charged with caring for them.


Protecting Your Children: Advice from Child Molesters

Using film clips of interviews with various types of sex offenders, participants will understand the techniques perpetrators use to target, seduce and exploit children.  This workshop will challenge common misperceptions about children’s ability to protect themselves, and promote the idea that all adults must be informed and take an active role in promoting child safety.  Participants will learn effective prevention strategies for use in a variety of settings.


Protocol for Youth-Serving Organizations, Colleges & Universities: How Do You Keep Children and Youth Safe While Under Your Supervision?

Summer camps, colleges/universities, athletic organizations, the faith community, and other youth-serving organizations all have a duty to ensure the children and youth they serve are safe while under their care.  This training is suitable for athletic personnel, Title IX administrators, summer camp counselors/staff and others. The training covers topics including recognizing & reporting child abuse, strategies for screening and selecting employees and volunteers, strategies for ensuring safe environments and others. A planning tool for organizations is included in the training.


Recognizing, Reporting and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Through lecture, video, injury identification and group work, attendees are prepared to recognize, report, and prevent child abuse and neglect within their role as child and/or family-serving professionals. This workshop reviews Kentucky mandated reporting laws, definitions of abuse and neglect, what to expect after a report has been made to the authorities, and outlines specific action steps which prevent child maltreatment.


Stewards of Children

PCAK staff is credentialed by the Darkness to Light organization as an Authorized Facilitator of the Stewards of Children curriculum. Stewards of Children is an evidence based workshop, documented to “increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.” The 2-3 hour workshop is conducted in small group settings and is geared toward all adults interested

in preventing child sexual abuse.


The Connection Between Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) impacts the entire family and is found in approximately 55% of KY households with substantiated cases of child maltreatment.  Attendees will learn about common dynamics of IPV, how children are impacted by the violence and techniques for preventing child maltreatment when working with families impacted by IPV.

Understanding Typical Child Development:  A Tool to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Understanding typical child sexual development is critical to keeping children safe.  Often parents o not understand when and how discuss sexual abuse.  Training participants will understand the typical stages of child development and learn how to help caregivers talk to their children about  healthy sexual development as a tool to prevent child sexual abuse.


Working with Families in Substance Abuse Recovery
Substance abuse is commonly present in cases where child maltreatment has been substantiated. Through lecture and group work, attendees will become familiar with the continuum of prevention, the connection between substance abuse and child maltreatment, and specific techniques to prevent child maltreatment in families impacted by substance abuse.

Looking for something not covered in this list of topics?

PCAK staff can develop a presentation to address a specific need or subject. If we cannot accommodate your request, we will be glad to assist in finding another source to meet the need. We hope you contact

us to discuss your training needs and available options.


How much does training cost?

Knowledge and awareness is a prerequisite to preventing child abuse and neglect. Our goal is to

provide training and information to as many communities as possible. We rely on your generosity to continue to provide these trainings. Should your agency budget allow you to provide reimbursement

for our expenses, we will gladly send an invoice for services.


For more information contact Joel Griffith at or 859-225-8879.




This project is funded in part or in whole with state or federal funds through

contract #PON2736 16000013091 with KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services.


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