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KARA (Kids At Risk Action) tracks current news about at risk children bringing transparency and  attention to our youngest and most vulnerable  citizens. KARA’s reporting is only sampling of what should be reported –  the great majority of child trauma & abuse is never known.

American states are struggling to find answers for ending adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and saving at risk children by reversing the explosive growth of child abuse and neglect.  Today, many state ward children are the 4th and 5th generation of abused children raising their own families without parenting skills and with serious drug, alcohol and mental health issues

37% of children overall and 53% of Black children are reported to child protection services in America by the time they turn 18.  (American Journal of Public Health 1.17)

12 million children a year are reported to child protection services each year and in many states, 1/3 of foster children are required to take psychotropic medicines

ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN

Compilation of information and writing on this page is the hard work of

David Vang, Mike Toronto, Jamar Weston, Adolf Nchanj, Josh Jedlicka and Blaz Zlate,  Callie Benscoter, (student volunteers at Century College) Katie Frake, Boston College, Julie O, and KARA.

Pope meets his advisory commission on child protection

Crux: Covering all things Catholic

ROME – In its efforts to help advise the pope, the Roman Curia, bishops’ conferences and local churches on protecting minors from abuse, a Vatican commission listened to abuse survivors from Great Britain and discussed the results of Australia’s public inquiry into its country’s institutional responses to …

Pope meets his advisory commission on child protection – National Catholic Reporter

Pope meets his advisory commission on child protection – The Catholic Register

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Group Suing Over Child Protection Laws

KNSI Radio

(AP) – A group of parents is suing state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota, alleging children are illegally being removed from homes. The civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the state’s child protection laws are overly broad and that children are taken from their homes and placed in …

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Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new childprotection laws

BBC News

Social media firms are being threatened with new laws if they don’t do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses them of “turning a blind eye” to their impact on children. He gives them until the end of April to outline …

Facebook, Google and Twitter warned of new government legislation on child protection – City A.M.

Jeremy Hunt threatens ‘irresponsible’ social media firms with tough new childprotection laws – PoliticsHome.com

UK govt. threatens crackdown on social media sites over child protection – Netimperative

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Parents sue over child protection laws in Minnesota

Seattle Times

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents is suing state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota, alleging children are illegally being removed from homes. The civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the state’s child protection laws are overly broad and that children are taken from their homes …

Parents sue Over Child Protection Laws in Minnesota – FOX 21 Online

Parents Sue Over Child Protection Laws in Minnesota – U.S. News & World Report

Parents sue over child protection laws in Minnesota – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

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Suit challenges Minnesota child protection laws

MinnPost

Suit arises from a spanking case. The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres reports: “A group of Minnesota parents has accused state and county child protection agencies of wrongfully removing their children and placing them in foster care for what they consider to be ordinary parental discipline, such as …

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Kansas Looks To Fill Child Protection Jobs With Looser Requirements, Higher Staff Salaries

KMUW

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is opening up child protection services jobs to people who aren’t licensed social workers. Child protection workers investigate reports of possible child abuse or neglect and make recommendations about whether or not children should be removed from …

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Wilkin received 19 child protection reports in March

Wahpeton Daily News

The increase follows along with the state of Minnesota, which has seen a significant rise in child abuse cases. The state’s Department of Human Services reported just under 39,500 children were the subject of maltreatment reports in 2017, a 25 percent increase over 2016. Nearly 40 percent of the …

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Kansas Looks To Fill Child Protection Jobs With Looser Requirements, Higher Staff Salaries

KCUR

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is opening up child protection services jobs to people who aren’t licensed social workers. It’s child protection workers who investigate reports of possible child abuse or neglect and make recommendations about whether or not children should be …

DCF planning to hire 200 unlicensed workers to address childwelfare inefficiencies – KVOE

Kansas DCF plans to hire 200 unlicensed staff to perform childwelfare investigations – The Topeka Capital-Journal

DCF plans to hire 200 unlicensed staff to perform childwelfare investigations – The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Child protection helpline backlog and waiting time blow out

The Sydney Morning Herald

A backlog of reports to the child protection hotline is running into the thousands and waiting times for callers have blown out to as long as two hours, according to community service workers who want Premier Gladys Berejiklian to intervene. The Public Service Association (PSA) has written to the NSW …

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After boy’s tragic death from abuse, improve child protection training

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Star Tribune file photo Child-abuse victim Eric Dean, pictured here with a broken arm, died in February 2013 at age 4. Teachers, caregivers and family members reported Eric for abuse at least 15 times before his death, for which his stepmother was convicted of murder in May 2014. The boy’s case led to …

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DSS Child Protective Services

DHHS – NC Department of Health and Human Services

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Child protection for teachers

FutureLearn

Teachers in many countries are required by law to report certain types of child abuse and neglect to relevant child protection authorities. Some nations are on the cusp of introducing mandatory reporting obligations, or have policy-based duties for reporting. All teachers can benefit from increased …

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Child Labour Prevention through Child Protection Capacity Development

Child Welfare League of Canada

CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE OF CANADA. child_Africa_children_269715_l.jpg. CHILD LABOUR PREVENTION THROUGH CHILD … of Makerere. fiona@cwlc.ca · (613) 235-4412. 492 Somerset St Ottawa, K1R 5J8 Canada. ©2017 by Child Welfare League of Canada. Proudly created with Wix.com.

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Nunavut Child Protection Training Curriculum

Child Welfare League of Canada

CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE OF CANADA. Lecture. NUNAVUT CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING CURRICULUM … Social Service Experts. Get in Touch. fiona@cwlc.ca · (613) 235-4412. 492 Somerset St Ottawa, K1R 5J8 Canada. ©2017 by Child Welfare League of Canada. Proudly created with Wix.com.

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Key People

Child Welfare League of Canada

The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) Board of Directors represents all regions of Canada. Directors meet three times a year, rotating their meetings across Canada. DSC_3447.jpg. Lesley Hill, Chair. Directrice du programme Jeunesse (Youth Director) (QB) CIUSSS du …

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Scouting Ireland could face ‘extinction over child protection claims’

Irish Times

Scouting Ireland could face “extinction” from legal actions over its handling of child protection allegations, safeguarding expert Ian Elliott warned its board in January. It may be “significantly exposed” to legal action from a man who alleged that as a young boy he was abused by a male leader. He has …

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200 professionals due to attend child protection campaign launch

Jersey Evening Post

Glenys Johnston, independent chairwoman of the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board, will open the events. She said: ‘We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. I am pleased to see that so many professionals working with children have booked …

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Groves earns Child Protection Team’s Mitchell Award

Huntington Country TAB

Jamie Groves was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Ronald E. Mitchell Award by the Child Protection Team of Huntington County. Representatives from the Child Protection Team (CPT) presented Groves the award on Friday, April 13, in the Circuit Court courtroom in the Huntington County …

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Review to assess treatment of Inuit children in NL child protection services

CityNews

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An independent review into the treatment of Inuit children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador’s child welfare system will be led by the province’s child and youth advocate. The Nunatsiavut Government announced Wednesday in a news release that Jackie Lake Kavanagh will …

Child and youth advocate announces review of the child protection system’s response to Inuit … – The Gulf News

Review to assess treatment of Inuit children in NL child protection services – National Post

Child and Youth Advocate to review Inuit child welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador – APTN News

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After shocking case of neglect, province’s entire child-protection system under review

CBC.ca

The Department of Social Development has announced a review of the province’s child protection system after five children were left smeared in feces in a filthy home with nothing to eat. Provincial court Judge Marco Cloutier sentenced the children’s parents to two years in prison on Wednesday, after …

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Craven commissioners to hear child protection report

New Bern Sun Journal

The Craven County Board of Commissioners is expected to hear annual reports Monday from two local organizations tasked with serving some of the county’s most vulnerable residents. During its Monday regular meeting, the board will be presented with the Community Child Protection Team’s (CCPT) …

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Police called child protection about mother later arrested in death of toddlers

WHIO

WCPO reported that Normille described the boy as a “small guy with a big personality.” Despite his spinal problems, which limited his mobility, Plush loved sports and was on the school’s swim team. At his first swim meet, the other children were hesitant to enter the cold water, but Plush dove in, she said.

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NCERT books to detail child protection schemes

The Tribune

In 2017, the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had requested Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar and NCERT to popularise POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools and …

NCERT books to detail child protection schemes – The New Indian Express

NCERT books to detail child protection schemes – Business Standard

NCERT Books To Feature Child Protection Schemes – Dailyaddaa (press release)

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Child Protection Center supporters take flight

YourObserver.com

Hearts fluttered for Child Protection Center at the Blue Ties and Butterflies gala on April 18 at Michael’s On East. This mission-focused gala brought guests together to support children in the community affected by child abuse. Social hour was hosted in the atrium where eventgoers mingled while …

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Lebanon: Child Protection Sector – 2018 Data Sheet | January

Reliefweb

OUTCOME 4: Provide boys and girls at risk and survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse with access to an improved and eq uitable prevention and response. Output 4.2: Holistic and integrated CP services offered to boys and girls at risk and survivors of violence, abuse and exploitation.

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Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser (Child Protection)

Bond

Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser (Child Protection). UNICEF UK. £36,282 – £43,193. Closing date: 20 April 2018. Job Type: Paid. Location: London. Apply now. Unicef ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We get things done.

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UN Youth Volunteer in Child Protection in Lesotho

Impactpool

UN VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT LSOR000031–UN Youth Volunteer in Child Protection The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and …

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Child and Family Welfare in Sweden

Scholars Commons @ Laurier – Wilfrid Laurier University

This Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare Conference (2002) is brought to you for free and open access by the Reports and Papers at Scholars. Commons @ Laurier. It has been accepted for inclusion in Partnerships for Children and Families Project by an authorized administrator of Scholars.

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NT foster carer alleges child protection department refused 4yo psychological care

ABC Online

Darwin lawyer Priscilla Lavery repeatedly tried to get psychological help for a four-year-old girl she fostered for more than a year in 2016 and 2017, after becoming worried about her behaviour. The Territory Families department, responsible for child protection, has declined to comment on the individual …

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YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups

Evening Standard

YouTube is in breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) because it features a wide variety of programming aimed at the under-13s and allows advertisers to target children, the complaint alleges. It adds that Google has “actual knowledge” that children use the site but fails to warn …

YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups – RT

Child protection coalition demands FTC probe into YouTube data collection – ZDNet

Child protection groups saynYouTube illegally collects kids’ data – WikiTribune

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DFL lawmakers call for changes to child protection system’s treatment of black families

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Child protection workers are removing African-American children from their homes at a disproportionate rate, said a group of DFL state lawmakers who aim to eliminate the disparity. They proposed legislation intended to reduce the number of out-of-home placements and to keep children with other …

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Child protection campaign due to launch this week

Jersey Evening Post

Glenys Johnston, chairwoman of Jersey’s Safeguarding Partnership Board, added: ‘We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. We are hoping that by promoting and supporting the NSPCC’s helpline in Jersey, we will be able to help children and …

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Child protection officials alarmed about proposed cuts to DCYF reform bill

WMUR Manchester

Child advocate Moira O’Neill said she is worried that the House Finance Committee will sign off on a cut to proposed funding for child abuse prevention. “It’s really devastated what was the intention of not just waiting around for children to be harmed, but to prevent harm in the first place,” O’Neill said.

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YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups

The Guardian

The group states that Google collects personal information on children under 13 such as location, device identifiers and phone numbers and tracks them across different websites and services without first gaining parental consent as required by the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa).

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YouTube accused of violating federal child protection laws

EdScoop News

A coalition of 23 child-health, privacy and consumer groups is requesting that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate YouTube for violating COPPA, or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The 59-page complaint, filed Monday, alleges that YouTube, which is owned by Google, has …

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Call to tie future Scouts funding to child protection standards

Irish Times

State funding for Scouting Ireland and similar voluntary bodies should be tied to reviews of child protection standards, chair of the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs Alan Farrell has said. The Fine Gael TD said a new system, where youth organisations have to undergo a “thorough …

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YMCAs promote child protection during National Child Abuse Prevention Month

centraljersey.com

On April 16, the YMCA of Western Monmouth County – the Freehold Y, the Freehold Borough Y, the Old Bridge Y, the Hightstown-East Windsor Y in Hightstown and Camp Topanemus in Millstone – and the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from the YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, …

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YouTube Reportedly Collected Kids’ Data Despite A Child Protection Law, & Here’s What Parents …

Romper

Another week, another controversy over data collection. But this time, Facebook is not at the center of the storm. Instead, a coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer, and privacy groups has urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to probe Google’s practices around children and their online activities.

Child Protection Groups Claim YouTube Illegally Gathers Kids’ Data – Complex

YouTube collecting children’s data says child protection coalition – Android Community

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Child protection

Highland Council

Child protection. If you are worried that a child may be at risk of serious harm, please contact a professional to discuss your concerns: Speak to health service staff; Speak to education staff; If you consider a child or young person is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999; Phone 0845 601 4813 (out …

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Senior officers from the Sudanese Armed Forces trained on protection of children in armed conflict

UNAMID – UN missions

On 3 April 2018, senior Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) officers attended a UNAMID-supported training on protection of children in armed conflict and promoting local ownership of child protection. The one-day workshop, held in Nyala, South Darfur, was organized by the Mission’s Child Protection Unit …

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UNV UNICEF Youth Advocate for Child Protection

Impactpool

UN VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT SDNR000171–UNICEF Youth Advocate for Child Protection The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and …

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Wear Blue Day To Demonstrate BVI Unity For Child Protection

Government of the Virgin Islands

Residents of the Virgin Islands are invited to Wear Blue on Friday, April 27, in a national demonstration of unity against child abuse and in support of our survivors. Blue is the official colour of child abuse awareness, and everyone is invited to use a blue ribbon on their car, wear a blue article of clothing, …

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Child Welfare Organizing Project

cwop.org

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Lawmakers, Families Seek Bill to Racial Disparities in Child Protective Services

WCCO Radio

The aim of Child Protective Services is to identify and remove children who are in unsafe or dangerous situations, but some African-American lawmakers and advocates say their community is unfairly targeted and it’s breaking up families, while taking away resources from “truly” vulnerable children.

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Sharjah gains insight into Swedish child, youth welfare practices

وكالة أنباء الإمارات

STOCKHOLM, 9th April, 2018 (WAM) — A high-level Sharjah delegation led by the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, has met a number of high-ranking officials in Sweden to exchange expertise with Swedish children’s welfare institutions, which work towards the …

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Child protection is her top priority

Foster’s Daily Democrat

O’Neill, the state’s first-ever director of the new Office of the Child Advocate, said there were missed signs. The father was overwhelmed; he’d asked for help, but the voluntary services the family could have qualified for weren’t funded by the state at that time. In early March, the state Senate responded …

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Child protection is her top priority

Seacoastonline.com

PORTSMOUTH — Moira O’Neill had been in New Hampshire for less than a month when a February murder-suicide in Derry took the life of 6-year-old Preston Edmunds. O’Neill, the state’s first-ever director of the new Office of the Child Advocate, said there were missed signs. The father was …

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Police alerted Arizona child protection about arrested mom

WFTV Orlando

Superior Interim Police Chief Christian Ensley said that members of his department had called child protection officials in early January because of concerns about the two children. Responding to a query from The Associated Press, the state Department of Child Safety said Tuesday that it had received …

Police alerted Arizona child protection about arrested mom – My Twin Tiers.com

Children found dead in car seats inside vehicle in Arizona – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3

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Former supervisor of Manatee sheriff’s child protection division opts to retire after demotion and …

Bradenton Herald

A former supervisor in the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Investigative Division has retired to avoid a demotion and discipline after an internal affairs investigation concluded he had been inappropriate and demeaning towards child protective workers. His supervisor was suspended and …

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How New York’s Child Welfare Chief Is Trying to Fix His Agency’s Image

New York Times

New York City’s commissioner of child welfare could not say no. On a recent visit to a new family services center in the Bronx, employees urged the commissioner, David A. Hansell, to take a seat in the “selfie chair.” The new center is for struggling families looking for guidance and support, and the selfie …

Lesbian parents and three of their six children ‘plunge off cliff’ after child protection call – PinkNews

Family killed in California cliff crash remembered by Minnesota friends – KMSP-TV

Devonte Hart, who was pictured hugging police officer in Ferguson riots, feared dead along with … – Evening Standard

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NT child protection workers allege large, unmanageable workloads put vulnerable children at risk

ABC Online

They alleged to the ABC that staff who complain about pressure to close cases without enough investigation have suffered bullying and harassment. Two internal Government reviews obtained by the ABC backed up staff complaints, but the Territory Families Department responsible for child protection …

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Child protection: Progress made, challenges remain

Foster’s Daily Democrat

New Hampshire’s Legislature and governor are making good faith efforts to improve the state’s ability to protect children from abuse and neglect. No doubt, the funding, oversight and attention being given to child protective services have begun to make a difference, but real and lasting change will …

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Prison report targets child protection

National Indigenous Times

A national inquiry into child protection laws and processes affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is one of 35 wide-ranging recommendations in a major report on the over-representation of Indigenous people in Australian prisons. The 524-page report by the Australian Law Reform …

Time to change the narrative: Oscar – National Indigenous Times

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Catholic Church recruits police child protection officer to teach kids to identify sex abusers

PerthNow

CATHOLIC youngsters are being taught to identify grooming by sex abusers by a child protection veteran who claims most children have no idea when it is happening, even if confronted with pornography. Andrea Musulin, who worked in the police child protection unit for three decades before being …

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Cultural concerns have stalled attempts to retrain NT child protection staff

Gold Coast Bulletin

That report, delivered in September 2015, found some child protection staff believed culture “should be given unmoderated priority over child protection concerns”. But a whistleblower says Ms Lloyd’s subsequent attempts to retrain staff were shot down by people within the department. “The Aboriginal …

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Budget invests in vulnerable children and families, but child welfare largely left out

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

A significant investment of $2.1 billion over four years to improve access to mental health care and addiction services in yesterday’s budget is good news for many families involved with child welfare in Ontario. Nearly half of families receive services from children’s aid because of adult mental health …

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Superior police alerted Arizona child protection before deaths of children

PinalCentral.com

SUPERIOR — Police say they alerted Arizona child protection officials about a 20-year-old mother now being held on suspicion of killing her toddler son and infant daughter, but the state.

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Clinical Care

Indiana University School of Medicine

The Child Protection Program offers consultation to health care providers, child protection services, law enforcement and other professionals in cases of suspected child maltreatment. Services include consultation by phone, a record review of a case, or seeing the child in consultation, depending on the …

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