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Guidance for Teachers and Counselors to Help Kids at Risk at Home

 

People are beginning to be aware that one result of the increased stress around COVID-19 is the tragic fact that child abuse and neglect is increasing, but the safety net provided by schools is no longer in place. Teachers and counselors can continue to be a hero to students in this time of crisis, and can help mitigate the negative impact of traumatic events and stress.  Caregivers might not be able to do it alone.   We (Dr. Rachel Gilgoff, a child abuse pediatrician and trauma expert, and Sarah Rock, a former children's attorney and child abuse prevention specialist) designed this two page tool to support K-12 teachers, counselors and others who might have contact with students and their families isolated at home during crises. The goal is to help to utilize their modified role to help children be safe and well amidst the current crisis. The tool is based on science and best practice, includes a Child Well-being Check, and is written from an asset based perspective. It's also free, and we hope you’ll share it with the people you know who might be interested.  http://www.rockresults.org/tools.html

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Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for this great resource! I'm a member of California's Citizen Review Panel for Critical Incidents and Fatalities resulting from abuse and neglect. I have been so concerned about children in unsafe situations with less visibility and access to support. I will share this with our district today, as well as with others who I know will be interested and will put this to use. Thanks!

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