Workshop to Educate on Child Abuse and Neglect
National studies suggest that as many as 60% of children experience abuse and neglect. However, many victims do not tell anyone about their maltreatment. When they are brave enough to disclose to a trusted adult (e.g., pediatrician, teacher, therapist), the professionals tend to do an inadequate job assessing details of the maltreatment. Even when they believe the maltreatment occurred, approximately 20% of professionals do not report it to the authorities.
The Workshop to Educate on Child Abuse and Neglect (WE-CAN) was developed by leadership at Child HELP Partnership to train professionals on the best practices in the assessment and reporting of child maltreatment.
What Happens at the Workshop to Educate on Child Abuse and Neglect
WE-CAN is a 2.5-hour workshop that presents definitions of the different forms of maltreatment, best-practice assessment strategies, child reporting laws, policies and procedures, and barriers to reporting. Material is provided using a PowerPoint presentation, discussion, and roleplays for assessment and reporting of each type of maltreatment.
Outcome / Research Results
Effectiveness was examined using a pre-post within-subject design in a sample of 26 students. Participants completed a 24-question multiple-choice survey that assessed evaluated knowledge, perceived knowledge, attitudes, cultural competence, and knowledge of the therapeutic process. There were significant increases in perceived and evaluated knowledge and attitudes about reporting (Happer, Costa, Grice, Sharma-Patel, & Brown, 2016).