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As part of our commitment to the safety, protection and well-being of kids, The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children offers education and training to healthcare professionals, educators, parents and others. Our programming is offered both live and on demand. Our regular webinars, trainings and programs for professionals include:

  • Child Protection Webinar Series :
    This online training series features monthly webinars on a variety of topics related to child safety and protection to keep professionals and parents up to date on legislation and research developments in child abuse, health and trauma. While certain trainings may cater to a specific field, such as healthcare or social work, all webinars are applicable to a variety of audiences including parents. View the child protection center training events calendar.
  • Child Sex Trafficking Webinar Series:
    Presented twice each year, these seven webinars cover topics related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, from an introductory level to providing medical care, identifying male and LGBTQ victims, labor trafficking, and serving survivors. View the training events calendar.
  • Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for Adults
    This presentation is ideal for education professionals, healthcare professionals and any youth-serving professionals. Stewards of Children demonstrates how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and teaches five proactive steps to protecting children. Stewards of Children is a national child sexual abuse prevention training program for all adults who want to make a difference in their communities. It is a two-hour video- and discussion-based training with practical tips on preventing child sexual abuse.
    • Children’s employees should register for Stewards in PeopleIQ. Simply search Stewards in the learning tab and find a date that fits your schedule. For non-Children’s employees, please complete this form.
    • Registration for non-Children’s employees
  • Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse:
    Offered upon request, online or in person, this training can be tailored to a variety of professions and settings to help professionals understand best practices for recognizing what would cause suspicion of child abuse and identifying how to effectively report and respond. This training is updated yearly with legislation pertinent to youth-serving professionals, so annual participation is recommended. To request a training specific to your audience, contact cpctraining@choa.org.
  • Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking:
    Offered upon request, this training can be tailored to specific disciplines, such as first responders, school staff, law enforcement and healthcare providers. To request this program for your organization, contact cpctraining@choa.org.
  • Period of Purple Crying:
    Until a baby is about 5 months old, the baby goes through a stage of development that the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome calls The Period of PURPLE Crying. Any organization that serves parents of newborns or infants is primed to share this information to prevent the occurrence of abusive head trauma (also known as shaken baby syndrome). To discuss implementing this program in your practice or agency, contact cpctraining@choa.org.
  • Caring Hands Kind Words Program:
    Parents and families you serve may have questions about discipline and punishment. Research shows that children of parents who use physical punishment (also known as corporal punishment or spanking) are more likely to suffer from a variety of health concerns, such as reduced gray matter in the brain and mental health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also released a statement discouraging the use of corporal punishment. For more information on positive parenting and making your organization a Caring Hands Kind Words facility where physical hitting is not allowed, contact cpctraining@choa.org.
  • Partnerships for Healthy Communities:
    Developed through a partnership with a team of state agencies and first-responder leaders, this program is a train-the-trainer model intended to be brought back to various disciplines and offices, such as law enforcement, paramedics, hospital personnel and child protective services, to create a multidisciplinary team response to child abuse and neglect, with a specific focus on physical abuse. To request this program for your agency, contact cpctraining@choa.org.

Many of our resources are available to parents and other adults outside the field of child protection. We offer the following trainings and webinars for individuals and organizations in our community:

  • Protecting Youth in a Modern World: The Intersection of Social Media, Technology and Victimization: This presentation is an overview of the developments in social media and the internet that are of particular interest to parents and those who care for youth to better understand how to set safe boundaries and prevent victimization and other harm that may result from unsafe internet use. For more information about this program, contact cpctraining@choa.org.

Additional resources for parents:

This module serves as a foundation to understand the complex issue of child sex trafficking. Topics covered include basic statistics on the issue, pertinent federal and Georgia state laws, pathways to entry, identification of victims, and prevention strategies. This webinar is ideal for the participant who is new to the issue but can be beneficial to anyone with an interest in making a difference in the lives of CSEC victims.

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The hidden victims module will focus on the less-recognized victims of trafficking: males and LGBTQ youth. These populations have specific risk factors that increase their likelihood of victimization and decrease the opportunities for services and prevention.

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The global module focuses on the larger issue of human trafficking. It is not specific to children but rather focuses on labor trafficking and global sex trafficking, including international child sex trafficking and sex tourism. An additional focus area includes how political upheaval around the world contributes to a growing refugee crisis and how that crisis contributes to trafficking.

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This module focuses on the role of medical providers in the evaluation and treatment of victims of child sex trafficking. Participants will learn about victim identification, how to properly gather information from the victim, how to conduct the medical exam, how to provide appropriate testing and treatment, and what referrals can be made on behalf of the victim.

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In this module, we will discuss how, as advocates, we can best understand how victims’ perspectives of their exploitation will affect them during and after leaving “the life.” The speaker will address resiliency of victims during their exploitation and how they can move forward to empowerment. Additional topics include how public perception and stigma of victims affects how they see themselves and examples of successful recovery and restoration programs.

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This module will look at the ways technology is used by traffickers and buyers to facilitate child sex trafficking. The presenter will emphasize recruitment and purchasing strategies and how pornography relates to child sex trafficking. This module will also examine prevention strategies related to the use of technology. Conversely, the module will focus on how technology can be used to fight child sex trafficking.

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The Center for Safe and Healthy Children also offers in-person programming for teens and kids on how to stay safe both online and out in the world. Some of our trainings include:

  • Safety on Social Media: This presentation centers on a discussion with youth about conducting oneself responsibly online and safety planning for potential risky situations that could arise on social media, either in their own lives or in the lives of their peers. To request a private training event for your school or youth organization, contact cpctraining@choa.org.
  • Not a #Number: Child Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Curriculum: Prevention specialists are certified facilitators in the Not a #Number curriculum, developed by human rights organization Love146. This curriculum is delivered over five 60-minute modules for youth and discusses ways to identify vulnerabilities and discuss topics such as consent, healthy relationships, online safety and risky behaviors. Curriculum adaptations may be available for shorter class times.
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    • To request a private training event for your school or youth organization, contact cpctraining@choa.org.

Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: From Prevention to Intervention

Registration is now open for our annual conference on child abuse and neglect. The free, virtual conference will take place Sept. 15 and 16, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Continuing education credit will be available for nurses, social workers, licensed professional counselors, law enforcement and EMS professionals. Contact cpctraining@choa.org with any questions.

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