Caring for Children in Dangerous Times
Children have a right to be safe and a childcare facility should be a safe zone for children and those who care for them. A pro-active response is healthier than a re-active response. Violence can cause trauma. Planning and preparation can reduce trauma.
- Present policies templates for issues such as weapons, alcohol and drugs, picking up, signing children out, child abuse, corporal punishment, mandated reporting
- Present procedures for prevention – e.g., morning inspection of center, understanding gang culture, parking considerations, traveling in neighborhood, home visitation
- Present sample forms and other resources – incident report, staff location, parent notification of violent incident, child identification
How the Office of Violence Prevention May Help You:
- Professional Development Training on Violence Prevention Issues
- Information and Referrals for Violence Prevention Services
- Sharing Violence Prevention Support Models
- Community Education programs on Violence Prevention issues
- Technical support for violence prevention related questions (child abuse, children’s exposure to violence, bullying, etc.)
- Monthly E-Briefs on violence prevention topics Sign up! Call 312.745.0381.
- Violence Prevention Resources through our website library –access at Chicago Safe Start online - call OVP at 312.745.0381 to make an appointment.