Child Protection Documents
- Child and Youth Protection Policies and Procedures, July 2015
- Technology Guidelines
- Massachusetts 51A/Mandated Reporter Form.
- Current News
ARTICLES ON ABUSE
- Child Abuse Prevention Month – Resources from the USCCB
- Knock, Knock…Who’s There? Making Serious Choices About Who Has Access to Your Family. (.pdf) – Joanne Vienna, M.A., Coordinator of Safeguard the Children Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA
- “Did You Know?” Discipline vs. Punishment (.pdf) – Debora Jones, Safe Environment Coordinator, Diocese of Fall River, MA
- Education in Sexual Abuse Prevention It’s Not What You May Think (.pdf) – Elizabeth A. Heidt Kozisek, Ph.D. Director – Child Protection Office, Diocese of Grand Island, NE
- From Safe Environments to Faith Environments: Furthering the Gospel Message of Christ (.pdf) – Elizabeth A. Heidt Kozisek, Ph.D. Director – Child Protection Office, Diocese of Grand Island, NE
- The Well-Armored Child: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Sexual Abuse (2015) by Joelle Casteix. ISBN: 13: 978-1-63299-039-6 ($12.95). Available from www.casteix.com.Office for Child Protection review: This is simply the best book for parents who want to learn how to protect their children from victimization. It is easy to read and filled with practical tips on how to raise a child who is a “hard target,” meaning one who cannot easily be manipulated by a predator. The book ranges from introducing basic concepts to toddlers all the way to helping your college student navigate dangerous situations without being harmed.
- Veronica’s Veil: Spiritual Companionship for Survivors of Abuse (2014), by Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S. and T. Pitt Green. ISBN: 978-1-4575-3414-0 ($29.95).Office for Child Protection review: The definitive book for supporting survivors of sexual abuse. The book is beautifully written in three voices: those of survivor, therapist and spiritual advisor. Even experienced practitioners in therapeutic or spiritual fields will find new and immensely helpful insights. It should be required reading for anyone working with abuse survivors!
- A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home (2012) by Steve Pemberton. ISBN: 978-1-5955-5263-1 ($24.99).
TECHNOLOGY SAFETY RESOURCES
- Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies: Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United States
- Safekids.com. A website dedicated to child internet safety
- IKeepSafe.org. A kid friendly site, with games, social networking and tips for parents
- Internet Safety for Teens. Thoughts, articles, and tips for protecting your teen online
- The Common Sense Internet Survival Guide.
- A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety. An FBI Publication.
- Internet Safety for Parents. A guide from the District Attorney of Massachusetts (.pdf).
- OneToughJob.org. Internet Safety for Parents.
BULLYING AND SCHOOL HARRASSMENT
- stopbullying.gov, Bully Prevention Training Center
- Bullying Statistics via how-to-stop-bullying-com.
- Bullying Prevention and Intervention Resources – Massachusetts Department of Education.
- Pacerteensagainstbulliying.org – a site for teens from the Nations Center for Bullying Prevention.
- Rachelschallenge.org – Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.
- Kidsareworthit.com – Barbara Coloroso is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
General Internet Resources:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month
- New Suicide Prevention App, coming in September 2016! http://www.suicidepreventionapp.com/?gclid=CMfmmoH-684CFdgcgQodZu0Cvg
- Alliance of Hope: For Survivors of Suicide: www.allianceofhope.org
- Help Guide: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention-helping-someone-who-is-suicidal.htm
- Help Guide for Suicidal Ideation: http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/suicide-prevention.htm
- Myths and Facts of Teen Suicide: http://suicideprevention.nv.gov/Youth/Myths/
Massachusetts Internet Resources:
- Mass.gov Suicide Prevention site: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/community-health/dvip/injury-prevention/suicide-prevention/
- Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention: http://www.masspreventssuicide.org/
- Massachusetts statistics: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/state-fact-sheets/#Massachusetts
- Craig Miller’s Website: www.thisishowitfeels.com (powerful video!)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org/states/massachusetts
- Riverside Trauma Center: http://riversidetraumacenter.org/our-services/suicide-prevention-postvention/
- Where to call in a crisis: http://namimass.org/crisis/who-to-call-for-help or http://www.samaritansusa.org/fallriver.php or just call 9-1-1!
- Myths of Teen Suicide: http://www.bradleyhasbroresearch.org/child-adolescent-behavior-newsletter/2009/november/teen-suicide-myths/
- Seven Common Myths of Teen Suicide for Parents to Know: https://www.verywell.com/common-myths-about-teen-suicide-2611327
- darkness2light.org – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
- missingkids.com – National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- cybertipline.com – Fighting Child Exploitation
- netsmartz.org – Internet Safety
- fallriverparentacademy.org – The Fall River Parent Academy is a growing partnership of our community agencies, businesses and schools working together to offer FREE learning opportunities for Fall River parents and other caring adults. Our network of resources provides unique, interactive courses and workshops designed to help parents become active partners in their children’s education and also to explore areas of personal and professional growth.