In the Loop
January 2014
In This Issue
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
NCAC Trainings on the Road
Boys and Girls: Speak Out A Qualitative Study of Children's Gender and Sexual Cultures
Poly-victimization Trianing Series
Findings, Practice and Policy Implications from LONGSCAN: The 20 Year Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect
What's New in CALiO
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Huntsville, AL
February 3-7
April 7-11
June 9-13
July 28-August 1
September 29-October 3
December 8-12


June 17-19, 
Providence, RI
October 7-9, 
Kansas City, MO
April 22-24, 
Charlotte, NC 
September 9-11, 
Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsville, AL 

May 6-8
November 4-6


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OJJDP Announces 2014 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest


Fifth grade students are invited  to participate in the National Missing Children's Day poster contest. The annual contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children 

with children, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety. 


OJJDP will invite the national winner to Washington, DC, to participate in the National Missing Children's Day commemoration in May 2014, at which he or she will receive an award for the winning artwork.
Submissions are due by February 28, 2014.



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Do You Know?

According to the study, 

"Child Maltreatment Reporting Patterns and Predictors of Substantiation: Comparing Adolescents and Younger Children," in which age group is CPS involvement more likely when the allegation contained sexual abuse than when it did not?


A. Adolescents


B. Younger Children


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Make plans to join us for the
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
March 24-27, 2014
Huntsville, Alabama


The National Children's Advocacy Center is pleased to announce Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, as the keynote speaker for Tuesday's Plenary Luncheon on March 25, 2014. Assistant Attorney General Mason will speak on "The Role of Children's Advocacy Centers in the Defending Childhood Initiative."  The Office of Justice Programs and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJP/OJJDP) have provided significant funding to support the NCAC's training and technical assistance for child abuse response professionals.  It is an honor to have Assistant Attorney General Mason join us.


Don't Miss Out!

Symposium's early registration discount deadline is January 24, 2014.


  Register Now


  A complete list of the current workshops will be coming soon to the 

NCAC website. 


For more information about Symposium, 

please contact Amy Boyd at


In order to provide more opportunities to attend trainings, the National Children's Advocacy Center will conduct 
Extended Forensic Interview Training and 
Advanced Forensic Interviewing Trainings in selected cities around the country. 
April 22-24, Charlotte, NC 
September 9-11, Salt Lake City, UT


June 17-19, Providence, RI 
October 7-9, Kansas City, MO
 For questions about Extended Forensic Interview Training contact Sherelle Gilbert at 
For questions about Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training contact Amy Boyd at   



With the support of Southern Region Children's Advocacy Center, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin started out the month of December with NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, collaborating in Brazil with the National Council of Justice (NCJ), Childhood Brasil, and UNICEF to further the development of CACs in Brazil.


Also in December, Chris conducted a Protocol Training Retreat in Memphis, TN and consulted with the Florida Network of CACs and the Florida Department of Health-Child Protection Teams to develop a MOU for statewide collaboration.


NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin, returned to Las Vegas to conduct a five-day Forensic Interviewing of Children Training. 


   Boys and Girls Speak Out: 
A Qualitative Study of Children's Gender and Sexual Cultures (age 10-12)   
Silence, denial, sensationalism and anxiety dominate media debates on young children and sexuality. This is particularly evident in recent concerns over what is commonly referred to as the 'sexualisation of children' which is predicated on fears of corrupted childhood innocence. However, the majority of these debates tell us more about adult concerns, than children's own views and experiences of what they might or might not perceive as sexual or sexualis-ing.
This research sought to address a significant knowledge gap in our understanding of how pre-teen (age 10-12) children are negotiating their own and other's gender and sexual identities, relationships and cultures. It foregrounds the diversity of children's views and experiences (Meyer 2010), and emphasizes equality, well-being, power, 'voice' and agency. The full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Sexualization of Children.
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The Poly-victimization Training series brought to you by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), through funding from the Office of Victims of Crime(OVC), is a gateway to current training and technical assistance opportunities. The goal of this training series is to raise awareness of child victims of crime who suffer from poly-victimization, and build the capacity of children's advocacy centers, multidisciplinary teams, first responders, and other professionals serving child victims; through evidence-based training and technical assistance.


NCAC offers a variety of free resources to help improve your capacity to serve child poly-victims in and around your community.   


Free resources include: 
  • Comprehensive technical assistance to aid in program development, planning, evaluation, forensic interviewing of child poly-victims, and more. 
  • Summaries of in-depth research on poly-victimization.
  • Training in evidence-based practices.
  • Peer-reviewed publications.  
  • Community resources. 

All of NCAC's poly-victimization resources may be accessed

FREE of charge by anyone, through the NCAC website in the 


Contact Alicia Nunez at for technical assistance requests.
CAC of the Month
Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center
Georgetown, Texas

On December 12, 2013 the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center (WCCAC) hosted a luncheon in appreciation of the Child Protection Team.  WCCAC took the opportunity to thank the members of each agency who serve as investigators and prosecutors on behalf of the victims of child abuse.  Five of the 150 members attending were recognized with awards.  The event was a great success, strengthening the relationship between the center and the multidisciplinary team.
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
Findings, Practice  and Policy Implications from LONGSCAN: The 20 Year Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect
LONGSCAN is the acronym for the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 1989 a call was issued by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect for a multi-site, longitudinal study of the antecedents and consequences of abuse and neglect. Under a coordinating center at UNC-Chapel Hill, five US study sites have shared common measurement, study protocols and analysis strategies for over 20 years. The project began with the vision that collaboration among investigators and a commitment to shared study design would produce a study that was greater as a whole than it would have been in parts. LONGSCAN began in earnest in 1991 with the approval of a protocol that went far beyond the original vision by proposing that it be a 20-year study. This full report is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Research.
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"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
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What's New in CALiO™ ?

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New to CALiO this month is the study, "Child Maltreatment Reporting Patterns and Predictors of Substantiation: Comparing Adolescents and Younger Children."  This study used the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) to better understand the characteristics of adolescents reported to Child Protective Services (CPS), to examine if these characteristics changed over time.  The study also sought to determine if certain child characteristics predicted CPS involvement.  These findings can assist child welfare professionals in determining appropriate services tailored to families and in developing prevention programs targeting adolescents. This report is located in CALiO in the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section, under the heading of Reporting.
Also new to CALiO this month is the bibliography, "Forensic Interviews at Trial: A Bibliography."  This bibliography includes literature significant to the forensic interviewer and prosecutor in a trial setting.  The literature covers multiple aspects of evidenced-based practice in child forensic interviewing, defensible practice and testimony, the progressions of children's experiences related to maltreatment, and aspects of disclosure.  This bibliography is located in CALiO under the Evidence-Based Practices in the Professional Bibliographies section under #21.

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