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Adverse Childhood Experiences
Recent research in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs include abuse and neglect as well as other household dysfunctions or circumstances that affect children adversely including substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, mental illness, domestic violence and criminal behavior. The childhood trauma stemming from early adversity has a profound impact on social connections, school readiness and the increased likelihood of developing negative health behaviors that can lead to disease and early death.

The objectives for the ACEs training include:
  • Raise awareness and understanding of ACEs research and application
  • Inform participants of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework being implemented to prevent ACEs called Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments
  • Examine the collective impact approach Kansas is using to move forward with this work

Mandated Reporter/Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Reporting
Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children are mandated reporters, meaning they are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. KCSL has developed several training options to help mandated reporters, and others interested in learning more about this topic, understand signs of child abuse and neglect and the process for making a report.

The objectives for Mandated Reporter training include:
  • Recognize the risk and protective factors related to child abuse and neglect
  • Educate professionals on the definitions and signs of abuse and neglect
  • Identify the signs of abusive head trauma and strategies to prevent it
  • Understand the role of the mandated reporter and the process for making reports

The Period of PURPLE Crying
KCSL offers training opportunities for the Period of PURPLE Crying®. PURPLE is being implemented in hospitals and agencies across the state as a way to educate parents, caregivers and the community on the normalcy of infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant. This training provides a brief background of Kansas’ involvement with the program as well as information about how the program was developed, the research behind it, and how participants can utilize this training when working with families and infants.

The objectives for PURPLE training include:
  • Learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma, infant crying and the connection between the two
  • Identify frustrating properties of infant crying through the acronym PURPLE
  • Describe at least two ways to utilize the Period of PURPLE Crying information
KCSL staff across the state are available to do presentations on ACEs, Child Abuse/Neglect Recognition and Reporting and the Period of PURPLE Crying for a variety of audiences including church groups, child care workers, educators, foster parents, and other groups of mandated reporters. Cost is $75 per hour (usually a one to two hour presentation). Email training@kcsl.org for more information.
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