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.

The Child Fatality Review System is the state’s response to childhood deaths: a system designed to learn what we can from the children who died and develop strategies to prevent childhood deaths in the future.  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.

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.

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.

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.

HB 285, legislation passed during the 2010 General Assembly, mandates and encourages education on the identification and prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma. Check with us to see if your profession is part of the mandate, or whether you and your colleagues are merely encouraged to receive this training. In partnership with experts in child maltreatment, PCAK has developed curricula to meet the needs of a variety of professionals impacted by this legislation. Train the Trainer workshops are also available.

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 take action to end the tragedy of child death and near death at the hands of those charged with caring for them.

Using film clips of interviews with various types of sex offenders, participants will understand the techniques perpetrators use to target, seduce and exploit children.  Topics include offender descriptions of “grooming” tactics (how and why they targeted certain children, families and youth serving agencies, seduced child victims and adult caretakers, and inhibited disclosure, detection and reporting).  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.

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.

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.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) impacts the entire family and is found in approximately 55% of KY households with substantiated cases of child maltreatment; when looking at cases of child fatalities or near fatalities, this increases to 65%.  Attendees will learn about common dynamics of IPV, how children are impacted by the violence, how these dynamics often go hand in hand with child maltreatment, and techniques for preventing child maltreatment when working with families impacted by IPV.

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.

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