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  1. OCFS Online Mandated Reporter Training
    The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) now offers a no-cost, self-directed, online training program for mandated reporters. Registrants have up to 30 days to complete the training. The program allows users to save their progress at the end of each session. That way they can complete the training at their own pace, either in one sitting or in multiple sessions. This training can be accessed from the OCFS website, . Click on the Report/Prevent Child Abuse tab and then choose Mandated Reporter Training from the left menu bar.

  2. First Responder Training
    This training is geared toward Law Enforcement and Child Protective Service professionals. The objectives of this training are to help focus on the safety and well-being of the child, minimize the trauma to the child during the course of an investigation, gather minimal facts, and support the sound investigation and subsequent prosecution when responding to cases of alleged child abuse.

    Through a partnership with the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services and NYSCA, the First Responder training has been made available as an hour webinar. This webinar can be accessed free of charge by NYS law enforcement statewide through DCJS’ online training portal. All others interested in accessing the webinar can contact NYSCA Chapter Coordinator at .

  3. Providing Health Care to Adolescents
    Act for Youth Center of Excellence connects health care professionals who serve adolescents with research, professional development opportunities, tools, and other resources to help them work well with, and promote the optimum health of, their adolescent patients. Many of these resources were originally compiled by NYPATH (New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health), which closed its doors at the end of 2016.

    ACT for Adolescent Health is a newsletter sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence. It is edited by Dr. Taylor Starr and Dr. Richard Kreipe of URMC. It is written for health care providers who work with adolescents in New York State. The newsletter provides up-to-date information to improve care for adolescents, including:

    • Updated clinical guidelines
    • New policy statements
    • Advocacy opportunities
    • Upcoming events
    • State-wide initiatives
    • Useful resources

    Learn more about this resource

  4. National Child Protection Training Center
    The Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) works to end child abuse, neglect and other forms of child maltreatment in three generations through: education, training, awareness, prevention, advocacy and the pursuit of justice. Gundersen NCPTC promotes reformation of current training practices by providing an educational curriculum to current and future front line child protection professionals around the nation so they will be prepared to recognize and report the abuse of a child. Learn more about this resource .

  5. Darkness to Light
    This organization has the mission to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Its programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. It offers printed information, The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children; a facilitated seminar, Stewards of Children; seminar facilitator training; and other resources for parents, individuals and organizations. To learn more about this organization and download material, go to .

Written Materials for Professionals

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a technical package to help states and communities prioritize strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. These evidence-based strategies include those focused on prevention as well as approaches to lessen immediate and long-term harms. The strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other. They include:

    • Strengthen economic supports for families
    • Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
    • Provide quality care and education early in life
    • Enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development
    • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk

    To download Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities (PDF), click on this link to the CDC page. There you will find a link to the document.

  2. Ann S. Botash, MD, has written an easy-to-use resource for medical professionals needing to write a report or letter about a child suspected of having been abuse. This document is a way to inform, interpret and provide an opinion for child protective services or the court.
    View How to Write an Effective Impact Statement (PDF)
  3. Ann S. Botash, MD, has written an article on vaginitis that has just been published in the online resource eMedicine. Learn more about diagnosing and treating vaginitis,

  4. The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect (COCAN) has created a fact sheet on Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)/Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). It was written to educate reporters and others about the evidence and the Academy’s stance on the issue. It is posted on the AAP’s Section On Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) website .

    View Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Background Information for Reporters (PDF)

  5. The National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) offers online publications and newsletters, including CenterPiece, which provides practical information to assist front line child protection professionals, and ChildFirst, a quarterly forensic interviewing newsletter. Learn more about these online publications.

  6. Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, produced in 2007, is a series of practical references that provide basic information on the most critical aspects of investigations involving child abuse, neglect and exploitation. They are written by experts to assist law enforcement and other professionals in determining whether a child has been abused or exploited and collecting evidence necessary for effective prosecution. Each guide addresses a specific topic. There are 13 titles, including burn injuries, sexual exploitation, diagnostic imaging, interviewing techniques, and photo documentation. Most of the guides are available online in PDF format. They are also available in hard copy for reasonable cost. Learn more about these portable guides or download an information sheet (PDF).

  7. The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) maintains a lending library for members, as well as a variety of fact sheets, informational brochures, and other free resources on sexual violence topics for the general public. View the list of these resources at:

  8. In June 1999, the American College of Emergency Physicians ( produced Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient. This handbook contains a chapter, Pediatric/Adolescent Patient (pages 47-64), that includes a Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Abuse Forensic Medical Report (pages 53-58). This report can act as a template for dictation or guide the development of a medical report form. It is available at (PDF).

  9. CHAMP has produced a handout on the Top Ten Reasons Why Children and Adolescents Suspected of Being Sexually Abused Need Medical Evaluations PDF

Parenting Information

Ann S. Botash, MD, has created a Staying Positive While Parenting series of seven pamphlets to help parents and caregivers better understand and cope with some of the frustrations of parenting and "step back" from their child’s frustrating behavior. The topics covered are colic, nighttime awakening, separation anxiety, normal negativism, normal poor appetite, exploring and testing, and toilet training. In addition, there is a summary of survival tips designed to be a refrigerator magnet. The pamphlets are designed to be given as part of anticipatory guidance during a well-child visit. The series can be used to augment the AAP’s Practicing Safety toolkit that helps detect maternal depression and improve anticipatory guidance to avoid child abuse.

The original version of this series, which includes a hotline number, is suitable for professionals in the Upstate and Central New York area. Download these pamphlets and magnet (PDF).

A revised version that does not include the hotline reference is suitable for all other locations. Download the generic pamphlets and generic magnet (PDF).


  1. Child Abuse Evaluation & Treatment for Medical Providers is a comprehensive web–based source of child abuse information that offers tools and resources with which to diagnose and manage child and adolescent abuse victims. It is a resource for medical providers who do not have a background or expertise in child abuse pediatrics and are striving to develop best practice standards for their patient care setting. It is available at .

  2. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) has posted 2005–2010 statistics on the average annual rate of emergency department visits for assault among persons aged ≤ 18 years, by age group and race/ethnicity. View this QuickStat.

  3. The Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) advances health education and research on the prevention, recognition, treatment and health effects of violence and abuse. It strives to integrate knowledge about violence and abuse into the training of all health professionals, promote the health of all people, protect the most vulnerable, and advance health and social policy that promotes safe families, workplaces and communities with an end goal to ultimately minimize the health effects of violence and abuse. It is available at .

  4. Child Abuse and Children with Disabilities has a new website to access their expanded resources related to working with children with special needs and their families. It provides information for all members of the multidisciplinary team related to child characteristics and strategies or "reasonable accommodations" that may be needed in investigative and/or support procedures. It is available at .

  5. Introducing the revitalized website.The new site emphasizes action steps individuals can take to prevent and stop bullying in their schools and communities. It also features easy-to-use tools and resources for community leaders, young people and families, including:
    • How to recognize the warning signs and when to take action
    • Tips to prevent bullying before it starts
    • How to implement strategies for intervention
    • Ways to share your community’s resources, policies or strategies to prevent and address bullying
    • Information on bullying laws in your state

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