April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, here are five NCFY articles about how youth-serving organizations can help victims and prevent further abuse:

1. NCFY Recommends: Hotline Helps Child Abuse Victims 24/7

Every ten seconds, child abuse is reported in the United States. Anonymous help for victims and their families can be found by calling Childhelp's National Child Abuse Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2. Q&A: Kathryn S. Krase on Mandated Reporting for Youth-Serving Organizations

Recent allegations of child sexual abuse in a youth-serving organization founded  by a coach at Pennsylvania State University highlight the confusion that often surrounds state "mandated reporter" laws. These laws require certain professionals to report instances of suspected abuse. To tease out what youth-serving organizations need to do – both legally and ethically – NCFY spoke with Kathryn S. Krase, who teaches social work at Ramapo College of New Jersey and co-wrote “Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Practical Guide for Social Workers” (Springer, 2008).

3. NCFY Recommends: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse at Youth-Serving Organizations

Youth workers spend their days creating safe environments for youth, but one incident of sexual abuse can destroy the community. Darkness to Light, a Charleston, SC, nonprofit that combats childhood sexual abuse, offers resources and training to youth-serving organizations.

4. Primary Sources: Childhood Abuse and Relationship Violence – A Troubling Link

For survivors of childhood abuse, injury often adds itself to injury. Researchers have found that young people from abusive families may be more likely than their peers to have unhealthy romantic and sexual relationships as teens and adults.

5. Difficult Reunions: Working With Families to Overcome Abuse

Staff of runaway and homeless youth programs talk about working with young people who've witnessed or experienced violence at home.

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