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January 2013
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29th National Symposium on Child Abuse
NCAC 2013 Trainings
Trauma Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence
How Prosecutors Make Decisions
Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence
What's New in CALiO?
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13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, 
Dublin, Ireland, September 15-18, 2013

The conference theme is "Protecting Children in a Changing World" and includes the following sub-themes: 


Prevention of child abuse and neglect through early and sustained involvement 


Interventions and programs for children and families experiencing adversity 


Addressing children's rights and participation 


Reforms in child protection and welfare policy 


Children in and out of home care


Building the evidence base 


Contemporary issues

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Child Fatality Investigations Course
January 26-27, 2012 San Diego, CA

This course is designed to provide participants with the fundamental techniques and knowledge of the investigation and prosecution of child fatalities with comprehensive training on the detection, intervention, investigation, and prosecution of these cases. 

Do You Know?


In 2011, homicides of children ages 1 to 4 were committed at the highest rate by use of what type of weapon?


A. Knives or cutting instruments


B. Personal weapons (hands, fist, feet, etc.)


C. Firearms


D. Blunt objects



In addition to workshop tracks that are designed specifically for: Administration, Child Protective Services, Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal, Medical, Mental Health/Treatment, Prevention, Victim Advocacy, and Wellness, Symposium is honored to add an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) track sponsored by Fox Valley Technical College - National Criminal Justice Training Center.
This Track Includes: 

Steve Del Negro |Consultant, Williamstown, MA
  • Child Pornography and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing 
  • Researching Online Internet Investigations 
  • Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children

Joe Laramie | Consultant, Columbia, MO 

  • Crossing Barriers: Finding Common Ground for Child Sex Trafficking & Child Exploitation MDTs
  • Effective Technology Safety Presentation Tips
  • Introduction to Social Networking: The Benefits and Dangers
  • Online Protections for Professionals Who Testify In Court
  • Understanding and Investigating Child Pornography
Richard Love | Consultant, Loxahatchee, FL 
  • Child Trafficking on the Internet
  • Sexual Exploitation of Children via Technology
Symposium is pleased to offer screenings of Simon Weinberg's, with Big Voice Pictures,
"Boys and Healing: The Hero's  Journey." 
The Symposium Program Guide will list days and times of screenings.
to take advantage of the Early Registration Fee of $469,
fee increases on January 19, 2013 


For more information about this conference, please contact Marilyn Grundy at 


If you are interested in receiving information regarding exhibiting at or sponsorship of the 

29th National Symposium on Child Abuse, 

please contact Kara Watkins at


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National Symposium on Child Abuse
NCAC  2013 Trainings

Customized On-Location Trainings are also available upon request.  
Quote of the Month
"No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
 - Emma Goldman, Author

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Trauma Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence:
Tips for Agencies and Staff Working with Y
What happens to youth who have been exposed to violence?
Exposure to violence at home, in the form of child abuse and neglect, or in the community, whether at school or in the neighborhood, can affect young people in profound ways. Youth who have been exposed to violence may drop out of school, run away or become homeless, become involved in the juvenile justice system (regardless of whether it is the reason they come before the courts), abuse drugs or alcohol, or end up with labels like "conduct disordered."  A significant portion of these youth may also go on to act violently against intimate partners or family members.  This full article is located in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Resources and Tools for Child Serving Professionals section under the heading of For Sports, Arts, Faith-based and other Community Organizations.
How Prosecutors Make Decisions
The Anatomy of Discretion: 
An Analysis of Prosecutorial Decision Making - Technical Report 
(Printed in the December NIJ E-Newsletter)

Prosecuting attorneys enjoy broad discretion in screening cases, charging offenders, plea bargaining, recommending sentences and dismissing cases. Researchers at the Vera Institute of Justice collected information in two county prosecutor offices to study the influence of case characteristics and contextual constraints on decision-making. This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publication section under the heading of Courts and Law.

CAC of the Month
River Bridge Regional Center Inc.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
On December 10 River Bridge therapist, Meghan Hurley, conducted a free class for local parents titled Ten Things Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse.  The class is part of an effort to create a community of children safe from sexual offenders through the education of parents.  Check out the Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse Facebook page for more information.
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month


Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on 

Children Exposed to Violence 


The Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence has released its final recommendations for a national response to address children's exposure to violence. The report emphasizes prevention and intervention and underscores the importance of trauma-informed care and victim-tailored services. The task force calls on the federal government, states, tribes, and communities to ensure that all children exposed to violence are identified, screened, and assessed; to create multidisciplinary councils to facilitate system wide collaboration; to involve men and boys as critical partners in preventing violence; and to help, not punish, child victims of sex trafficking.   


The task force presented its final recommendations to Attorney General Holder at the December 12, 2012, meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  This full article is located in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full Text Open Access Publications section under the heading of Exposure to Violence.     

In December NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin, presented at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference held in Lexington, KY, on "Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations and Prosecutions."

On January 3, Chris attended a special meeting in Washington, DC, called by the Vice-President's office and led by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In the weeks since the tragedy in Newtown, CT, Americans from all over the country have called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence. President Obama has asked the current Administration to identify concrete proposals for real reform in the coming weeks, and the special meeting was a forum to gather innovative ideas from leading national non-profit representatives to share strategies the Administration may pursue.

  What's New in CALiO™?

(Child Abuse Library Online)


The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports-Crime in the United States, 2011-Murder Rates by Age and Weapon, has been added to CALiO.  The report breaks down murder victim statistics by type of weapon from knives, firearms, drowning, poisoning, blunt objects and more across age groups including under 18, infant, 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, and more.  The report is located in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Statistics and Quick Facts section under the heading of Child Abuse.
Also added this month are two new podcasts.  Using Bibliographies (2 minutes) explains how bibliographies can be used to assist with locating literature on specific subjects.  Copyright and User Permissions (6 minutes) explains simple rules to guide you in using, sharing, and citing copyrighted publications. Both podcasts are located in CALiO under Tutorials and Help Sheets in the Audio Tutorials section.