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 in a live virtual format, these five webinars cover topics related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, from an introductory level to providing medical care, and serving survivors. View the training events calendar. We also offer three of our Child Sex Trafficking webinars in an on demand format. View these webinars and register now.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer our Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse in Georgia training in an on demand format. View this webinar and register now.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Additional resources for parents:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: From Prevention to Intervention
Our annual conference on child abuse and neglect is a free, virtual conference that will take place Sept. 14 and 15, 2022, 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. Click below to sign up for the PCA newsletter to receive conference announcements and be notified when registration opens in early summer. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.Registration Info