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February 2013
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29th National Symposium on Child Abuse
Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training
Tracking Child Abuse and Neglect
Developmental Trends in Peer Victimization and Emotional Distress in LGB and Heterosexual Youth
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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Upcoming 2013 Training Dates and Locations

Huntsville, AL
April 22-26
June 10-14
July 22-16
September 23-17
December 9-13
Huntsville, AL
April 29- May 1
Nashville, TN
July 16-18
Santa Fe, NM
November 5-7
Philadelphia, PA
June 25-27
St. Louis, MO
September 17-19
Huntsville, AL
July 10-12
Huntsville, AL
October 9-10
Available Upon Request
Do You Know?


In a 2011 study of cybergrooming and cyberbullying, what percent of children in grades 5 through 10 reported that they had contact with a cybergroomer in the last year?


A. 15%


B. 21%


C. 28%


D. 32%


Workshop Agenda Now Available
Take advantage of early reservation discounts, reserve your hotel accommodations today

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.

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

Every year the NCAC changes the focus of our Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training to address varied and current challenges in forensic interviewing. NCAC's 2013 Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training will focus on challenging interviews. In forensic interviews, challenges may arise from child factors (young age, developmental issues, cultural issues, impact of neglect or trauma on the child's abilities, and motivation to participate in the interview.)  Additionally or alternatively, challenges may arise from case complications (trafficking, sexualized behaviors without verbal statements, multiple forms of victimization, or long-standing and violent abuse).  The training will offer tips for thorough case planning and investigation, as well as variations to the standard interview process which may be necessary to accommodate specific children.  Attendees will be encouraged to bring recordings of challenging interviews or complicated case histories to share throughout the training. Read more about the training.

       Training Location                                  Training Dates

     Huntsville, AL                                  April 29 - May 1, 2013

     Nashville, TN                                       July 16-18, 2013

    Santa Fe, NM                                     November 5-7, 2013


 Register Now 


 For questions about Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training please contact Pamelia Wales at    


In January, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin, submitted a proposal, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and several CAC/Barnahus professionals, to present at the European ISPCAN Conference in Dublin, Ireland later this year. 

Also, Muriel K. Wells, NCAC Research Librarian, presented Universal Access to Information: Philosophy and Practice at the quarterly meeting of the Business, Education, Science and Technology Librarians of North Alabama on January 31, 2013.

Tracking Child Abuse and Neglect: The Role of Multiple Data Sources in Improving Child Safety 



Nearly one out of every 100 children in the United States were identified by state child protective service (CPS) agencies as victims of abuse and neglect in 2010. This is the lowest rate of reported maltreatment in 20 years, leading to speculation that child maltreatment is on the decline. Unfortunately, it is unclear if declines in CPS-reported cases can be interpreted as decreases in the actual incidence of maltreatment.  The National Incidence Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS), a periodic research effort mandated by Congress, has confirmed undercounting of child maltreatment by reporting a higher number of maltreated children using both CPS and non-CPS data sources. This can be an unsettling and unexpected finding for child welfare administrators attempting to use data to better understand prevalence of maltreatment in their jurisdiction, and more importantly improve outcomes for children.  This full article is located in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Statistics and Quick Facts section under the heading of Child Abuse.    


CAC of the Month
West Virginia Child Advocacy Network
The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) is launching a statewide medical initiative which has been funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, in partnership with The Medical Initiative Workgroup it convened, to make child abuse medical expertise available to all children throughout West Virginia, regardless of where the child lives and their ability to pay.  The WVCAN team has identified several key areas that, once addressed, will greatly improve the delivery of medical services statewide to alleged victims of child abuse.
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month
Developmental Trends in Peer Victimization and Emotional Distress in LGB and Heterosexual Youth 
(Printed in the January 2013 journal)

Peer victimization of youth is associated with numerous health risks, including suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, depression and anxiety, psychotic symptoms, and sexual risk. Although many youth experience peer victimization, youth who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) tend to experience higher rates of peer victimization than do their heterosexual identified peers. These heightened levels of peer victimization for LGB youth have been linked to their disproportionate levels of health risks in cross-sectional studies, retrospective studies, and meta-analyses. Given evidence on the damaging health effects of victimization and the disproportionate amount of victimization LGB individuals face, it is important to understand developmental trends in victimization rates for LGB youth and whether the higher victimization experienced by LGB youth (relative to heterosexual peers) has adverse consequences for their later emotional distress. 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 Bullying. 

Quote of the Month
"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children."
 - Walt Disney

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  What's New in CALiO™?

(Child Abuse Library Online)



New to CALiO is, "Grooming of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse."  This selected, not comprehensive, bibliography covers literature relevant to how perpetrators groom their victims of sexual abuse. Both contact-grooming and cybergrooming are addressed.  The full bibliography may be found in CALiO under Evidence-Based Practice in the Professional Bibliographies section under the number 28.
Also new to CALiO this month is the report "Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative analysis of Population-Based Data from 12 Countries." The report presents a comparative reanalysis of data on violence against women and girls from national, population-based DHS and RHS surveys. This report is located in CALiO under International Resources under the heading International.