In times of crisis and economic insecurity, rates of child abuse and neglect increase. However, reports to Washington’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline have declined dramatically during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. When children stay at home, they are isolated from places where adults often look out for their safety and well-being including schools, childcare facilities, places of worship and other public areas.
We need all adults to step up: family members, neighbors, essential workers serving families in grocery stores and pharmacies and delivering goods to homes and school professionals who are still working with children virtually. ALL ADULTS need to be aware of their responsibility to protect children.
You are essential to child safety during this time. Below you will find information on how to recognize that a child is unsafe and respond. These resources are designed for essential workers serving on the ground to keep our communities running during the COVID-19 crisis, school professionals during this time of virtual learning, and the general public.
Raise awareness. Awareness and advocacy are critical to child abuse prevention and intervention. Share this page and the resources on social media or make your own! Use the hashtag #Essential4Kids so we can keep track of your advocacy.
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Darkness to Light’s “Protecting Children During a Crisis” Training designed to help you navigate through the unusual circumstances you might face during times of crisis. This change is any situation where you need to modify the steps you take to protect your children from things that are out of your control. This training will help you consider your current strategies, help you identify the new situation, and help you change your strategy.
Darkness to Light’s “Safe Online Learning: For Teachers” Training during this unusual time, teachers have had to completely change the way they teach. As teachers tread through this new space, it’s important to remember that physical classroom environments have classroom rules and schools have child protection policies. These still apply to the digital teaching environment. This resource provides some ideas for online safety protocols for remote schooling.