As a Teacher or School Administrator:
We know teachers receive training on being a mandated reporter. Research shows that somewhere between 40-60% of children who reveal abuse, do so to a teacher. Perhaps no one group of people is in a better position than a TEACHER to help a child who needs an adult who will protect them.
We understand that teachers are already stretched thin and have so many requirements placed upon them. And we further understand that most school systems require training in this area. We would encourage you to add to your current training on mandated reporting the training that teaches the tools and skills to recognize when a child needs intervention or is trying to tell you something that is very scary and painful. Train both your certified and non-certified staff in how to spot the signs of abuse and how to respond.
Teachers and school staff testify that after going through the Stewards of Children training, they were better able to notice the signs of abuse and were more likely to act on that suspicion.
- Read the letters of recommendations from school administrator to see the value in the Stewards of Children training.
- Begin training counselors, nurses, and school resource officers in your school system.
- Advocate for training all certified and non-certified staff.
- Call all other youth-serving organizations in your community to follow your example of a renewed focus on child sexual abuse.