ERIC Number: ED306531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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A Systemwide Evaluation of a Child Abuse Policy and Staff Development Initiative.
Pugh, Wesley C.; Brawner, Linda
The School District of Philadelphia initiated a child abuse awareness workshop for all schools and school district personnel in April 1988. The objective of the sessions was to provide an increased awareness and sensitivity on the part of all school district employees to the issue of child abuse and its impact on the physical, emotional, and mental development of young people and of the role of school district personnel in addressing this problem. Approximately 70 percent of the school district's 253 schools returned questionnaires eliciting reactions to key issues addressed during the workshop, with a total of 8,628 employees' questionnaires analyzed. Results showed that: (1) the majority of respondents felt comfortable reporting cases of suspected child abuse; (2) the largest proportion of respondents who were not comfortable reporting child abuse indicated they were fearful of some form of retribution; (3) there was a need for increased staff development; and (4) respondents indicated they wanted to be informed if any action was taken on referrals. Several recommendations emerged from data analysis, including recommendations that follow-up staff development be provided; experts in prevention be involved to provide leadership; follow-up reports to those making referrals should be made; the role of parents and educators in child abuse prevention should be publicized; and the school district with other city agencies should distribute literature on child abuse to school personnel and parents. The individual respondent's questionnaire and the group recording forms are appended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March, 27-31, 1989).