Join us in taking a stand against child sexual abuse

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

OVERVIEW

WHO ARE “WE”?

PARTNERS WITH COURAGE

Department of Human Services, the Division of Child and Family Services

COMMUNITY · FAMILY · PARTNERSHIPS
Utah Department of Human Services believes all Utahns can live safe, healthy and successful lives.


Office of the Attorney General

Upholding the constitution, enforcing the law, providing counsel to state agencies and public officials, assisting law enforcement and protecting the interests of the state, its people, environment and resources


Utah Children’s Justice Centers

Promoting a comprehensive, child-focused response that minimizes trauma, increases access to services, and improves coordination during the investigative process.

Parent Advisory Council

A grass roots initiative to bring parents together. The purpose is to support parents with their needs, and to advocate with them to take back the parenting of their children.

Foundation for Survivors of Abuse

Working to provide justice and healing for survivors of abuse.

OVERVIEW

WHO ARE “WE”?

This section is designed to provide you basic information about our department.

Department of Human Services, the Division of Child and Family Services

COMMUNITY · FAMILY · PARTNERSHIPS
Utah Department of Human Services believes all Utahns can live safe, healthy and successful lives.

Office of the Attorney General

Upholding the constitution, enforcing the law, providing counsel to state agencies and public officials, assisting law enforcement and protecting the interests of the state, its people, environment and resources

Utah Children’s Justice Centers

Promoting a comprehensive, child-focused response that minimizes trauma, increases access to services, and improves coordination during the investigative process.

Foundation for Survivors of Abuse

Working to provide justice and healing for survivors of abuse.

VOICES OF COURAGE

Special Thanks To:

Jeanette Altamira, Deondra and Desirae Brown of The 5 Browns, Sandy Craft, Preston Jensen, Ciera Pecarcik – Miss Utah 2013, Delmar Reay, Gabriel Roca, Rich Trussell, and John Walker, for their amazing courage to stand and be part of the One with Courage campaign.

Resources

Help for victims of crime.

http://www.crimevictim.utah.gov

Utah Commission on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

The 1983 legislature created the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. The Commission is comprised of 22 key criminal justice leaders throughout the state.

www.justice.utah.gov


Community Services including Utah’s Crisis Nurseries

www.dcfs.utah.gov/services/prevention

National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance) is a membership organization that provides training, technical assistance and peer consulting opportunities to state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and strengthens their efforts to prevent child abuse www.ctfalliance.org


Linking Families to Resources

http://www.helpmegrowutah.org


National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds

Protective Factors have been found to increase a families overall wellbeing and ability to cope in times of stress.
http://www.crimevictim.utah.gov

This resource is free of charge. For more information and a link to the online training, visit the Alliance website at www.ctfalliance.org/onlinetraining

COMMON QUESTIONS

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, a school district or charter school shall provide training and instruction on child sexual abuse prevention and awareness to school personnel in elementary and secondary schools and to parents or guardians of elementary school students.

During the 2014 General Session of the Utah State Legislature, lawmakers approved a bill mandating the prevention training program. The bill is now part of Utah Code and can be found in UCA 53A-13-112.
In partnership with the Utah Department of Human Services, the Utah State Board of Education approves instructional materials for use in training school personnel, parents/guardians, and K-6 students. The Utah State Board of Education will also approve a list of acceptable providers and distribute the list to districts and charter schools.
In conjunction with the Utah Department of Human Services, the Utah State Board of Education convened a work group of experts to create evidenced-based elements of training for youth-serving adults (school personnel), parents/guardians, and youth. This group has submitted these minimum requirements for approval by the Utah State Board of Education, and approval is expected in early summer 2015.
No. The work group is recommending these are the elements found in effective programs. The document should not be used in training. Advisory evaluators will use the minimum requirements to evaluate applicant programs for the Utah State Board of Education.
While possible, it is unlikely that the State Board will enforce all of the minimum requirements for the first year. However, the minimum requirements constitute best practices and may be considered guidelines for the future or continued approval.
Contact information will be available in June 2015. Once the application is made, providers of these programs will be invited to present information to a smaller evaluator committee charged with approving providers for statewide use.
Yes. However, the district or charter requires approval as a provider through the Utah State Board of Education.

Three fold:

1. Districts and charter schools must provide training to their elementary and secondary education personnel consistent with UCA 53A-13-112 beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

2. Training must be offered to the parents/guardians of elementary students after providing sufficient notice to parents/guardians of the training schedule and location(s).

3. Districts and charter schools may provide training to elementary students. If a school chooses to provide training to students, it must notify parents and guardians of the upcoming training with instructions on how instructional materials may be previewed and with notification of the right of a parent/guardian to excuse in writing their student from the training. Schools may not provide training to students whose parent/guardian has excused them from the training.

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