Child Abuse Prevention

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Allyson Horne, TeamMates Mentoring, Training & Support Specialist, 

Tammi Winchester, Training Specialist,, 402-670-2408


Mentors are Noticers

•Equipping Mentors With Confidence
•Difficult Subject for Trainers
•Training Mentors to Notice
•Mentor Resource Library
•Kognito Online Training
•Project Harmony Partnership


Mentor Training

•Training Mentors to Notice (PPT, handbook, activities)
•Academy Learning Opportunities

Recognizing Child Abuse

•What is child abuse?
–Any  act or failure to act on the part of a parent, caretaker  or other adult which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or
–An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
•How can I tell if a child has been abused?
–Each child reacts differently
–Be alert to changes in the child’s behavior


Types of Abuse

•Physical Abuse
•Emotional Abuse
•Sexual Abuse
•Hazardous Conditions

Prevalence in Iowa


8,892 children subject to abuse or neglect.

Of those children:

o 7,452 were subject of “founded” abuse

o 1,440 were subject of a “confirmed” abuse. A “confirmed” abuse is minor, isolated, and not likely to re-occur, and the perpetrator is not placed on the child abuse registry.

51 percent of abused or neglected children were age 5 or younger (slightly increased compare with last year).

Of all child abuse or neglect:

o 71 percent was neglect (denial of critical care), a decrease from prior years

o 10 percent was physical

o 6 percent was sexual

o 11 percent was presence of illegal drugs in body

What should mentors do? 

•If you suspect that a child is being abused…
–Remain calm and non-judgmental
–Listen, do not interrogate
–Report the abuse
–Clear program policy for reporting for mentors includes staff contact and DHS info

Confidentiality and Reporting 

To report suspected child abuse or neglect:

     IA Hotline Number  800-362-2178

What happens when you make a report?


Mentor Resource Library - Kognito Interactive Suicide Risk Awareness


Partnership with Community Experts

•Project Harmony’s trainings
Be Someone Campaign

May 10 Peer Share Call
Match Support: Challenging Matches

Innovation Exchange
April 19 and April 25 

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