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ERIC Number: ED248016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 12
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Sexual Abuse of Children: A Training Model for Child Development Specialists/Workers.
Ranzoni, Patricia Smith
Research indicates that sexual abuse of children is widespread and underreported. Since child development workers are among children's first contacts, the emotional and physical well-being of the young children in their care depends to a large degree on workers' awareness of characteristics of sexually abused children and abusive parents. In turn, that awareness largely depends on the training that workers have received. Because of both therapeutic and legal issues, specialized training is necessary for the child development worker to intervene effectively; this training should address techniques related to identification, disclosure, documentation, reporting, testifying, and case resolution. Such training should include college coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels in standard elementary education, counselor education, special education, early childhood education, child and family development, and young-child mental health programs. Coursework could consist of three modules addressing physical abuse, psychological abuse and neglect, and sexual abuse. Such a course should be a requirement for satisfactory completion of any child development training program. (Appended are "The Declaration of Interdependence for American Children" and the National Education Association's Resolution B-24 concerning child abuse.) (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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