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Child Abuse Prevention Workshop Slated

Professionals and interested community members are invited to attend a Mandated Reporter Training and Stewards of Children Workshop Friday, October 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hosted by LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council, this program will held at LESA, 1425 W. Grand River, in Howell.

Join us for the morning, afternoon or full-day program. A flat registration fee of $20 will cover materials and refreshments, including lunch.

SB-CEUs are available for an additional $20 fee payable on the day of the event. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call LACASA to register at 866-522-2725.


Mandated Reporting TrainingMorning Session

8 – 8:30 a.m.  Registration

8:30 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions

8:40 – 9:30 a.m. Signs & Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect: Knowing what to look for by Nicole Matthews-Creech, LACASA Community Education Director

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Legal Requirements for Mandated Reporting: Who must report; what must be reported; when reports should be made; “reasonable suspicion” defined; protections for reporters; consequences of failure to report; plus Dominick’s Law and what it means? By David Morse, Livingston County Prosecutor

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Inside CPS: How reports are handled; criteria necessary to launch an investigation; categories of abuse; CPS procedure and protocol; what else can reporters do when abuse cannot be substantiated. By Stuart Harris, Children’s Protective Services, Livingston County DHS

11:45 – 12 p.m.  Questions & Answers

Lunch: Available between sessions

Stewards of Children Workshop –Afternoon Session

1 – 4 p.m. Stewards of Children: Adults Resolving Child Sexual Abuse — Learn 7 critical steps to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse in this evidence-based workshop. Program utilizes video, workbook and group discussion to encourage community action. By Deanna Norris, CAP Council Director, and Sue Swartz, CAP Council Educator

This training is recommended for:

  • School administrators, teachers and counselors
  • Childcare providers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Social workers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Clergy
  • Concerned community members

LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund.

LACASA Staff Insight

Why Children Don’t Tell: Sandusky case sheds light on complexities of child sexual abuse

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is updated regularly in the footnote section, which provides links to ongoing news about the Penn State Scandal and its aftermath. By Robin L. O’Grady with Nicole Matthews-Creech The conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky captured the nation’s attention and cast a spotlight on an endless question: […]