The month of April proved to be extremely busy and successful. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the CVC engages the greater community in prevention efforts and awareness to coincide with the national theme of “Engaging New Voices”. Key leaders and community organizations, groups and businesses can facilitate crucial conversations with folks who have not been traditionally reached by the anti-violence movement.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone associated with the Tavern for sponsoring the “Benefit for Child Abuse Prevention” to raise funds for our agency’s services to children and to increase the awareness of child abuse in Fayette County. This Benefit for Child Abuse Prevention was held at the Tavern located at 158 Hope Road in Smithfield, PA on April 8th.
Protecting children is the responsibility of us all. But certain professionals due to their contact with children, have special responsibilities. These people are called mandated reporters and are of critical importance in child abuse prevention. Recent changes to Child Protective Services have further expanded the categories of professions that are now recognized as mandated reporters and requires them to complete three (3) hours of training on recognizing signs and symptoms of abuse and how to report suspected abuse.
The Crime Victims’ Center of Fayette County offers this training which is approved by the Department of Education, the Department of State and the Department of Human Services. The training also qualifies for Act 48 credit hours and CEU’s for licensed therapists and social workers under Act 31.