It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that no child experiences abuse and neglect. This is not only for those of us who work in the Child Welfare field. We all can do something to decrease the impact of childhood trauma that is so prevalent in millions of children around the world. We want to help these children become healthy, functional adults who thrive in spite of their histories of trauma. If this sounds like a lofty goal, it's because it is. It is indeed a lofty, but attainable, goal. Meeting this goal takes dedicated and committed adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect, including, but not limited to:

  • Unexplained marks, bites, burns, bruises, etc.
  • Frequently absent from school
  • Easily startled or frightened
  • Behavioral acting out
  • Poor hygiene
  • Lack of medical or dental care
  • Nightmares
  • Withdrawal
  • More...

In addition to identifying these symptoms, it is also important to know what to do once these symptoms have been identified. As Mandated Reporters, those of us in the Child Welfare field are trained to recognize these signs and take action as necessary. You have an opportunity to engage in a discussion about what you can do to care for children with these complex trauma histories. Find more valuable information and resources at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/.