Children spend the majority of their childhood in school, therefore teachers, counselors, and all school personnel serve as an essential team to report and prevent child maltreatment. From Kindergarten through 12th grade, school personnel observe children constantly and also have opportunities to interact with the parents of their students who are often the perpetrators. Child Maltreatment Identification Training helps to close the gap in the reporting of all child maltreatment cases, which is the first step in treating child maltreatment cases and preventing future cases from happening (www.childwelfare.gov). The training increases the knowledge of school personnel on signs of child abuse and how to meet the mandated reporting requirements if anyone suspects neglect or abuse. People who were exposed to the training’s reported a greater sense of their role in the process of reporting as well as increased knowledge of state mandates and reporting procedures (www.childwelfare.gov).
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