HD_Links (on a Thursday): Addressing Child Abuse

Qld puts forward national child abuse strategy
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Sorry for the late post. I was busier-than-expected with training sessions, classroom visits, and an ugly case of spyware. No worries, I’ll churn out three posts in two days and we’ll be back on track by next week. Now, on with the links…

During the classroom visits that filled my day, all I heard on the radio were reports on the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case. Lost in this very sad story over a child abuse scandal at Penn State University is the issue of an adult’s responsibility for reporting suspected child abuse. Every teacher has received some training in this area and is fully aware of what the law requires them to report to authorities. Of course, any teacher put in that situation has their students’ best interest in mind at all times and would act accordingly.

As sort of a reminder for teachers to refer or a list of resources for students who are interested in this tragedy, here are some links to help in better understanding child abuse:

  • The Huffington Post lists the important dates so far in the Sandusky case. (This is all that I will write about the current case.)
  • HelpGuide.org has a comprehensive look at child abuse and neglect along with a large list of resources to explore further.
  • “The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.” RAINN is the resource to learn more about these issues and what actions can be taken.
  • Administration for Children and Families is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that target children, youth and families, including programs that include assistance with child abuse issues.
  • Childhelp provides some statistics on child abuse, as does the ACF here.
  • The ACF also provides the child abuse laws for every state.

I hope these resources are helpful in researching the issues brought up with the Sandusky/Penn State case. How does your school district or school address these troubling issues? Have you had to answer questions students may have about such issues? How did you handle it?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.