Since 1987, The Baltimore Child Abuse Center has provided a coordinated response to child sexual abuse investigations, providing a safe, child-friendly space for victims and families to seek justice and begin the healing process. In addition to providing intervention and treatment services, Baltimore Child Abuse Center is Maryland's foremost resource for prevention education and training for youth serving professionals, parents, and caregivers.
Throughout numerous presentations to front line reporters, such as social workers, counselors, and educators, D2L & BCAC learned that many of these professionals have been incorrectly instructed how to report abuse, have misinformation about their responsibilities as Mandated Reporters, and some do not know what to look for or how to react when abuse is discovered. In response, D2L has created a course called Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. A course that will educate you on signs of abuse, understanding the Maryland State law, how to respond appropriately when abuse is suspected or disclosed and tips for making a report. BCAC has also launched an online resource for Maryland's Mandated Reporters - a website containing more information for Mandated Reporters.
Baltimore Child Abuse Center is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor continuing education programs. For more information on CEUs, specialized training's offered by BCAC, or to schedule training for your organization, go to www.bcaci.org/professionaldevelopment.
Prince George's County Child Protection Education Unit recognizes that it is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe. Therefore, we have launched a training program and set a goal to effectively train and educate as many adults in Prince George's County as we can reach within a variety of settings. These settings include churches, schools, day care centers, state and county governmental agencies, and youth serving organizations. The trainings also offer two CEU's. These training's will engage the adults so they will be able to recognize the signs of abuse, react appropriately so not to further traumatize the child, and respond responsibly by reporting to the appropriate authorities to stop the abuse of an alleged victim. These continued efforts will help to prevent the abuse of other children in Prince George's County.
Since beginning their child abuse prevention initiative in October 2017, Prince George's County Child Protection Education Unit has provided Stewards of Children training to 680 residents in Prince George's County. They will continue to provide effective and proactive training to community members to help decrease incidents of child abuse and neglect. If you're located in Prince George's County and interested in having a Stewards of Children training, please reach out to Antonio Brown Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to take a Stewards of Children training in Maryland, please see the below list of scheduled trainings.