Why We Train

 

As experts in the field of child welfare, Baltimore Child Abuse Center advocates for best practices, better laws, and proper responses when abuse is suspected. BCAC’s team has observed firsthand the impact that abuse has on children and society, and we understand the extent to which appropriate education can improve outcomes for children.

To best prepare professionals and community members in Baltimore and beyond to identify and report suspected abuse, BCAC hosts educational presentations and workshops. This education is designed to better inform professionals, youth-serving organizations, and community groups in the prevention, identification, and reporting of suspected abuse.

On-site Training Schedule: BCAC is Maryland’s foremost resource for child abuse prevention education for caregivers, community members and youth-serving professionals. BCAC offers a number of different training opportunities at our onsite Training Institute in Baltimore City. All of our offerings are eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work. Please click here for our upcoming offerings.

Training, Education and Community Outreach Offerings: If you are unable to attend BCAC’s onsite trainings, let us bring the training to you! BCAC provides customizable workshops that can be hosted in the community or at a worksite. To look at our complete list of training offers, click here. To schedule a training for your community or organization, please contact Molly Farrugia  at 410-396-6147 X1003.

Online Training Institute: BCAC now offers online training opportunities for youth-serving professionals and community members who want to help protect kids in Maryland. To learn about Mandated Reporting, Vicarious Trauma & Building Resiliency and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), visit our Online Training Institute.

Policy Creation & Audit Services: As an organization (summer camp, school, religious program, or recreational program) that serves children and employs young adults, you must be ready to act in the case of suspected physical, verbal, or sexual abuse – whether it occurs on your campus or within the lives of your children at their home. Click here for more information. For more information or contact Drew at 410-396-6147 x1042.

Mandated Reporter: Mandated Reporters are Maryland’s children first line of defense in recognizing, responding, and reporting abuse and neglect. Therefore it is essential that all mandated reporters in the state of Maryland know what their duty is, and how to protect the children in their care. Want to learn more about being a mandated reporter visit BCAC’s Online Training Institute and take our online Mandated Reporter training, or contact us and have one of BCAC trainers come to your agency and work directly with you and your staff. Participants will gain an understanding of relevant state laws, requirements for reporting, and the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. This workshop provides participants with reasons to report and information on how to report, and explores the long-term impact of abuse on children.

ACEs: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study is often referred to as the largest public health study that no has ever heard of. In 1995, CDC researchers discovered 10 common ACEs relating to child abuse, neglect and household dysfunction that have remarkably been proven to have costly detrimental outcomes as children become adults. BCAC recognizes the integral role that ACEs play in understanding childhood maltreatment and trauma, so much so, that we have now included it in our agency mission. To learn more about ACEs and their impact, click here.