In the Loop
March 2014
In This Issue
Focus on Prevention
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation National Plan and Fact Sheets
Victim Advocacy Training
Behavioral Interventions and Counseling to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Webinar Trainer of Trainers: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations
Prevention of Sexual Abuse: Improved Information is Crucial
What's New in CALiO
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NCAC Prevention
Matter of Fact, 
Fact Sheets


The NCAC's mission is to model, promote, and deliver excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership. 
Part of our effort to achieve this is producing fact sheets to provide child abuse professionals with information on child abuse prevention topics in order to  promote the use of research to guide practices. 
All of NCAC's fact sheets are designed to be used as a public awareness tool by any organization, community, or individual.  They may be downloaded, printed, and distributed as needed. 


Register for a 2014 NCAC Training Today!

Huntsville, AL
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


Available Upon Request


April Webinar



Every year 35 million adults come in contact with more than 70 million children and teens through youth-serving organizations (Sauls & Audage, 2007).  This usually is in the context of a positive and nurturing environment, but it can provide opportunities for sexual misconduct and abuse to occur.

What prevention strategies does your organization have in place to protect children/youth from the possibility of abuse? What are the challenges your organization faces in developing or implementing these strategies? Do you provide training to staff and volunteers on appropriate interactions with children/youth? How do you respond to allegations of child abuse?

More information about this webinar is coming soon on our website.

Did you know NCAC's Online Trainings have over 10,000 registered users from all 
over the world?

Don't miss out on all the great online Trainings NCAC has to offer 

Register  today!



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Do You Know?

In a 2013 study that examined the impacts of  ten trials of early childhood home visitation, which of the following were indicated?


A. Reduced child deaths


B. Reduced CPS reports


C. Reduced ER visits or hospitalizations


D. All of the above


E. None of the above


Focus on Prevention
"We must engage all targeted populations within our community to find their place in child protection and advocacy; to be aware of the reality and frequency of child maltreatment; 
and to be able to recognize and report." 
Anonymous, taken from the NCAC Prevention Survey 


There is Still Time to Register!
March 24-27, 2014
Huntsville, Alabama


New in 2014

Focus on Prevention

The 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse offers a special Pre-Conference session, as well as additional workshops, specifically designed to address child abuse and exploitation prevention.


  Don't miss out on the 

Forum on Peer Review and Supervision of Child Forensic Interviewers

4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Von Braun Center, South Hall, Ballroom 1


Latest Symposium Agenda


For more information about Symposiumcontact Amy Boyd at


    National Plan and Fact Sheets


The NCAC, along with about 30 other national organizations, comprise the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.  The Coalition has developed a National Plan to Prevent the Abuse and Exploitation of Children.  
In addition, the organization recently released two fact sheets. "Impact of Media and Technology on Youth," addresses the way media and technology are changing the world as we know it and how our children are drawn to this new way of communicating, interacting, and learning.  
The fact sheet, "Impact of Exposure to Sexually Explicit and Exploitative Materials," references the issue of increased electronic information and how parents must consider that their child may be exposed to sexually explicit and inappropriate content and the impact these materials may have on youth and adolescents.  
These fact sheets are located in CALiO in the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Prevention.
Victim Advocacy Training is Filling Up Fast, 
Don't Miss Out, Register Today!


Who Should Attend: This training is designed for Victim Advocates working in a children's advocacy center. The training will concentrate on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job. 

Victim Advocacy Training will include foundational sessions on the dynamics of child abuse, the development and resolution of a crisis, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, and the importance of considering the child's family culture. Skill-based sessions will include crisis intervention, court preparation, and facilitation of caregiver education/support groups.


Training Location:                             Training Dates:  

              Huntsville, AL                                                     May 6-8, 2014 



For more information about Victim Advocacy Training please contact 
Amy Boyd at

In February,  NCAC  Executive Director, Chris Newlin, conducted two Child Protection Investigative Team Trainings for 190 attendees in Tennessee.  In addition, Chris met with U.S. Air Force JAG faculty to discuss training collaborations in regards to their Special Victims Counsel for Children.


Also in February, NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, traveled to New York to conduct a 2-day Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training and to Kentucky to conduct a Forensic Interviewing Training.  Fellow NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin traveled to Wisconsin and New Mexico to conduct Forensic Interviewing Trainings. 
NCAC Prevention Director, Deborah Callins and NCAC community Education Program Manager, Beth Jackson, traveled to Mississippi to conduct a one-day prevention training titled, "CACs and Prevention - A Natural Fit."
Behavioral Interventions and Counseling to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect: A Systematic Review to Update the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
In 2004, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found, on the basis of the results of a previous review, insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening of parents or caregivers for abuse or neglect of children. The current systematic review is an update for the USPSTF that focuses on studies published since the previous recommendation and addresses the effectiveness and adverse effects of behavioral interventions and counseling to prevent child abuse and neglect for children at potentially increased risk. Separate reviews examine screening women for intimate partner violence and elderly and vulnerable adults for abuse.   The full review is located in CALiO under Practitioner's Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Prevention.

2014 Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training,

Challenging Interviews: 

Complicated Children and Complicated Cases 


The NCAC Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training is Not protocol specific, it is designed for any experienced Forensic Interviewer using a nationally or state recognized protocol.


Topics Include:


Interviewing vulnerable children living in dangerous environments


Interviewing children and teens who have been exploited


Introduction and use of evidence in the forensic interview - when and how


Narrative conversations with non-narrative children


Balancing the need for evidence-based interviewing practice with the needs of reluctant children


The role of the forensic interviewer in case planning and investigation

  • The impact of trauma on the brain  and language capabilities in children
  • Interview adaptations for children with disabilities or other challenges
  • Interviewing children with multiple types of victimizations

*Attendees are encouraged to bring recordings of challenging interviews or complicated case histories to share throughout the training. 


Training Location:                             Training Dates:  

              Providence, RI                                                  June 17-19, 2014 


Register Now!


For more information about Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training contact 

Amy Boyd at 
CAC of the Month
Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County
Naples, Florida

On February 15, 2014 the Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County held their annual Beach Ball.  Unlike the average formal dinner fundraiser, the sold out Beach Ball is themed each year on a world renowned beach.  This year's theme was the Amalfi Coast of Italy.  The Beach Ball is one of the few galas in Southwest Florida for which guests leave their gowns and tuxedos in the closest and opt for beachy-chic.  The beach attire and ambiance appeals to both the CAC's  loyal supporters and the newest generation of young professionals who are just beginning to explore the satisfaction of philanthropy.    


Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
Prevention of Sexual Abuse: Improved Information is Crucial
Sexual abuse can lead to long-lasting, even life-long, consequences and is a serious problem on an individual, familial and societal level. Therefore, sexual abuse prevention measures on different levels are a public health issue. In the last decades, numerous prevention programs for victims have been developed for various target groups (e.g. parenting education classes, home-visiting programs, public education, training sessions for teachers, E-Learning Programs of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Centre for Child Protection). Many of these programs have proven partially effective. Nevertheless, until now there is no consensus in the scientific community on what constitutes effectiveness in this context. This full commentary is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Prevention.
Quote of the Month

"The best way to advocate for children is trying to prevent something from happening to them so they do not have to endure
 the trauma of abuse.
Anonymous, taken from the NCAC Prevention Survey
Submit your favorite quotes to
 What's New in CALiO™?
(Child Abuse Library Online)



New to CALiO this month is the "Child Maltreatment and Links to Later Criminality Bibliography."  This selected bibliography provides citations and abstracts to articles, reports, and books covering issues of child maltreatment and links to later criminal behavior and incarceration.  International publications are included.  Links to full-text, unrestricted publications are provided when possible.  This bibliography is located in CALiO in the Evidence-Based Practice in the Professional Bibliographies section, number 6.  
Also new to CALiO this month is the applied research paper, "Using Policies to Promote Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: What is Working?"  This paper synthesizes international, national, and community-level child sexual abuse prevention policies.  Included are a discussion of policy as prevention, policy that finances prevention efforts, and implications for practice.  This applied research paper is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Prevention.
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