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Trauma Informed Evidence Based Resources for Responders and Caregivers

   

Sexual Violence Against Children  offers tools and resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for professionals about what to say/do to support parents. 

 

Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child   offers information on many topics including the effects of toxic stress on child’s learning, behavior and lifetime health and wellness.

 

CDC Prevention

 

Preventing Child Maltreatment Through the Promotion of Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships Between Children and Caregivers  describes the 5 year vision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) prevention of child maltreatment (CM) through promoting safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their caregivers.

 

The CDC’s Essentials for Childhood, Steps to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, and Children Benefit When Parents Have Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships proposes strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow to be healthy, productive citizens. 

 

Essentials for Childhood Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments from the Centers for Disease Control, offers strategies to promote relationships and environments that support healthy children and stronger, safer families. 

 

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities from the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers evidence based strategies to help prevent child abuse and neglect.  This compilation of strategies include improved economic and positive parenting supports, quality care and education in early childhood, and interventions to lessen future risk and harm for the children.  

 

Stop SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence released by the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2016), provides evidence based strategies to help communities and states improve prevention activities to reduce sexual violence and its consequences.  

 

Prevention Tools for Children

 

This YouTube video helps kids of all ages understand how to practice consent. 

 

A resource for parents and caregivers of children 0-12 on preventing child sexual abuse .

 

Resource offering guidance in helping youth develop health, non-violent relationships

 

Prevention

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A National Resource Directory and Handbook is a project of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.  The directory includes child sexual abuse organizations, programs and innovative resources that could be incorporated into other communities.

 

Child sexual abuse happens. Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs offers this resource for parents on Preparing to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse.   Start the conversation is a resource to help parents, helping them to create safe environment for open communication about sexual abuse.

 

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs for Children from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, offers guidance for the professional implementation of child sexual abuse prevention programs.

 

Talking to kids about SA is a booklet for parents, caregivers and other caring audlts to help tem prevent the sexual abuse of children.  This booklet offers ideas for talking about sexual abuse and safety, as well as what to do if this ever happens.  

 

Resources on evidence-based or evidence informed practices that can help identify programs to implement in your own community to prevent child maltreatment

  

Resources on evidence-based or evidence informed practices that can help identify programs to implement in your own community to prevent child maltreatment 

 

Recognizing the significance and preventability of Child Sexual Abuse, multiple agencies partnered to draft this report on North Carolina prevention recommendations

 

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned and funded this literature review regarding child sexual abuse risk in institutional settings.

 

Top 3 sexual violence prevention priorities identified by State and Territory sexual violence coalitions and health departments in NSVRC biennial survey.

 

Responder resources

 

This guide is primarily for sexual assault program advocates working with non-offending parents and/or caregivers of children who have experienced sexual assault. The suggestions and strategies are intended for use with children under the age of 13.

This  bibliography offers literature on how perpetrators groom or manipulate their victims of child sexual abuse, through contact or internet.   National Children’s Advocacy Center. (2013). The Manipulation (Grooming) of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: A selected bibliography. Huntsville, AL: Author

 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides plethora of information and resources on child trauma, associated with child sexual abuse and other causes.  Content is for professionals and caregivers in written and video format

 

Building Cultures of Care: A Guide for Sexual Assault Services Programs from the NSVRC, offers an ecological model of trauma for developing programs that are responsive to the individual needs of child sexual abuse victims.  

 

Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on the Brain Development  from Child Welfare Gateway, offers information on brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development.  

 

Therapeutic Approaches for Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents  offers a review of meta-analysis studies from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Crime Solutions.gov

 

Treatment for Traumatized Children, Youth, and Families  from Child Welfare Gateway, offers resources that will aid professionals to identify and implement treatment programs for children.

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study  is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.

 

Early experiences of the child sets the foundation for their developmental health, disruptions to this process may impair a child’s capacities for learning and lifelong implications.

 

Facts and myths for boys and men  who have experienced sexual abuse are offered from the 1 in 6 organization

 

Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police  from the  National Institute of Justice and Harvard Kennedy Scholl Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management offering a new perspective in policing. Dudley, Richard G., Jr., M.D. Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police. New Perspectives in Policing Bulletin. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 2015. NCJ 248686

Guidance for adults helping children to cope with violence  from the National Institute of Mental Health offers information for teachers, clergy and other adults in the community about their role in helping children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters. 

 

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth   from the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers guidance to child welfare professionals 

 

The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI): A Brief Cross-Disciplinary Synthesis is designed to help professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early childhood education and education with family engagement and support a cross-system collaboration among disciplines and families.

 

Child Sexual Abuse: What you need to know  is the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) site and offers information and  resources  

 

The National Children's Advocacy Center houses up to date resources, position papers and other resources for parents and professional responders to child sexual abuse.

  

What is Trauma? Trauma in Indian Country A Guide for Professionals are offered by  Indian Country Child Trauma Center, College of Public Health, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

 

The Office of Victims of Crime’s video Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma, addresses the needs of children exposed to violence and trauma, and reinforces the important role that caregivers and professionals play in the healing process.  .  In this video, child victims talk about how their exposure to violence has affected them.  

 

Defining child traumatic stress website offers insight into effects of trauma on the child’s brain as everyday gestures to promote resilience.

 

The repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the child’s brain.  Listen to Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris on the TED talk. 

 

Materials and resources for parents to promote healing and resilience of the child

Child sexual abuse happens.  An educational packet from the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs developed for parents on how to begin and continue those difficult conversations on sexual abuse.


It's Time to Talk About It: is a downloadable brochure for parents from the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs with some brief, easily adaptable suggestions on how to talk to your children about sexual violence and gives information on normal healthy development.

 

The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault (WCSA) Programs offers a variety of publications on child sexual abuse such as Partners in Social Change (PISC) dedicated to providing technical assistance to those engaged in sexual violence prevention, and When Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused, and You Were Also Abused as a Child, a resource for caregivers.  

 

Be The Solution game encourages children to discuss topics related to their healthy development and nurture protective factors through conversation starters about supportive adults, healthy relationships, boundaries, confidence and healthy coping skills to build resilience

 

Caring for Kids What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers information for parents and caregivers in how to help support children who have experienced sexual abuse, and  questions and answers about child sexual abuse.

 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network provide guidance on a variety of child sexual abuse related concerns such as:

What is Trauma? A guide for parents on trauma by  Indian Country Child Trauma Center, College of Public Health, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

 

Handouts for parents about ACE’s, toxic stress & resilience from the Community & Family Services Division at the Spokane (WA) Regional Health District, offer various graphics of diverse children,  but the text message is all the same. 

16 ways Adults Can Support Children Exposed to Violence and Trauma, is a Futures Without Violence resource that outlines childhood trauma, and ways in which adults can support the child. 

 

Common behaviors children exhibit associated with sexual abuse

An overview of healthy childhood sexual development  from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2013, provides information to help adults understand healthy child sexual behaviors.


Sexual Development and Behavior in Children.   offers information for parents and caregivers about common sexual behaviors and how to educate children about sexual issues.   The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) also has information for parents and caregivers on sexual behavior problems in children 

 

Warning signs of possible sexual abuse in a child's behavior  is a tip sheet provided by Stop It Now!

 

It's time...to talk to your children about healthy sexuality   Because talking to children about healthy sexual development can help protect children from sexual violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides this guidance for parents

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)  have a tremendous impact on the health and welfare of the developing child.  Early experiences are an important public health issue.  See the Centers for Disease Control, Division of Violence Prevention site for further resources.

 

Child Abuse and Neglect: Consequences offers information about physical, psychological, behavioral and economic consequences of child abuse and Sexual Violence: Consequences  lists physical, psychological, social consequences as well as health care related risk factors of child sexual abuse from the Center for Disease Control: Division of Violence Prevention.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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