As Massachusetts schools, daycare centers, after-school programs, summer camps, and a host of other child and youth-serving organizations (YSOs) re-open, we look forward to welcoming back the students, children, and youth whom we have not seen other than virtually for more than a year. We know that the stresses and strains of pandemic isolation on children and families have been significant for many in our communities, and thus can anticipate that some will be returning to us bearing its physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences. It is a good idea, therefore, to remind ourselves about what to look for in terms of recognizing, responding to, and reporting suspected or self-disclosed child maltreatment – as well as the tools available to help us evaluate our organizational abuse prevention policies, procedures, and protocols.
For these purposes, the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse – co-chaired by the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and the Office of the Child Advocate – has worked with multiple state and local agencies and organizations to produce a website called “Safe Kids Thrive” (see safekidsthrive.org) as a platform that provides the necessary tools, resources, and guidance in a user-friendly, searchable and interactive format.
The attached agenda describes a 90-minute training session the Task Force is making available to YSOs across the state to demonstrate how the website can be used to refresh ourselves and our staffs with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that our children are safe and protected from harm, and the steps we are required to take if we are concerned about a child’s well-being. There is also time built in for Q&A, and for direct engagement with the subject matter experts who created the site’s content.
If you would like to take advantage of this training, it will be available via Zoom on the following dates from 1:00 – 2:30PM
June 3, 2021
June 17, 2021
July 15, 2021
July 29, 2021
August 19, 2021
August 26, 2021
You can register for any of these sessions at the following link: Zoom link to register
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions by emailing us directly: Rayna Charles (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tammy Bernardi (email@example.com), or Tony Rizzuto (firstname.lastname@example.org).