Our hearts ache for the victims of child abuse and exploitation in Rotherham. This story is deeply troubling, and it is our greatest hope that authorities in the UK are able to provide a coordinated response not only so that justice can be served, but so that the more than 1,400 victims can receive vital services from qualified professionals.
For today's international post, we turn to South Sudan. Child trafficking for military purposes, population development, and sexual exploitation is deeply embedded in South Sudan. The problem has only gotten worse this year as violence has marred this fledgling country, especially over the last 8 months. Our question to all of you child advocates out there is how do we provide services to child victims when infrastructure for said services does not exist? What do you think step 1 is? Sound off below.
This week, NCA is going international! We're using facebook to spotlight some programs and projects around the world that are working to increase awareness and provide services for child victims of abuse. Today we start in India, where the Delhi government has created developmentally targeted awareness modules. Learn more below! Do you think they're targeting the right things for the specified age groups? Sound off in the comments!
In 2013, NCA's member Children Advocacy Centers saw 294,781 kids. This weekend, we here at NCA are going to be thinking about how thankful we are for the CACs around the country doing this selfless and critical work to provide high-quality and effective services to child victims of abuse. #AppreciationFriday
It's back-to-school time all around the country, which is a great time to discuss just how important teachers are in reporting abuse. It's critical that we educate teachers about reporting abuse, especially as they are almost always considered mandatory reporters under state laws. To learn more about mandatory reporting laws, check out the Child Welfare Information Gateway today.
The relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment needs to be discussed more. Learn more via the Greenbook Initiative below.
"In about half of all child maltreatment cases, a mother is also being battered. The intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment is generally overlooked."
This week we're talking about a topic that I'm sure is near and dear to all of you - yet quite frustrating! Fundraising! Specifically, we discuss getting back to basics on donor engagement.
Statistics show that perhaps 1 in 2 individuals who identify as transgender will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. It is critical that those in the CAC movement respond in cases of child sexual abuse in the transgender community with the an increased understanding of transgender-related issues. Check out the Office for Victims of Crime's guide on Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault here:
121 Help.me is a great program that creates universal portals for kids to get crisis help from qualified professional crisis counselors. They even offer a text feature, which as we know is becoming an increasingly important tool for children to report maltreatment. Check them out here!
For those of you looking to enhance your social media presence, Social Media for Nonprofits has great resources and trainings. Check them out here and see if they are coming to a city near you! http://socialmedia4nonprofits.org
NCA is proud to release our annual report! We went green this year and are featuring it in an electronic format only. Check it out here:
Here's our July Newsletter! It includes our exciting month of legislative accomplishments and an update on our international trainings in Peru!
Today we discuss the link between animal abuse and child abuse. Take a look here:
The Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization is now headed to the President for signature! Today the House passed S.1799--the same bill the Senate passed unanimously in June. Thank you to each of you for your advocacy. And, a special thank you to Senator Chris Coons, Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Mazie Hirono, Congressman Ted Poe, and Congressman Jim Costa for all their amazing support. They are true champions for child victims of abuse and for CACs!
Resiliency is an absolutely vital component for any agency that responds in cases of child abuse. Check out this important training! http://1.usa.gov/1AcJwqv
If you haven't visited Child Victim Web yet, do so today! It's a great online training that develops a foundation for professionals working in child abuse interventions. Better yet, it's FREE!
15 important things for you to read today!
Today we talk about trauma symptomology of young children in the child welfare system. Take a look here:
One of the key benefits of being an NCA member is our targeted advocacy support!
The NCA is staff celebrating the #Emmy win for the Stand Up Step Forward PSA in style! For those who need a reminder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XQK5fj4Q34
Mark your calendars! July 30th is the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
"Human Trafficking has no place in the modern World." - Dr. John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly