At the Front Lines: Effectively Training Community Stakeholders to Recognize and Report Child Abuse and Neglect.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In states with universal mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect (CAN), it is essential that people who work with children and youth in a community be appropriately trained to recognize and report CAN. The primary goal of CAN training is early detection and intervention with a secondary purpose of impacting rates of violence, disease, drug use, and teen pregnancies in the community. The purpose of this project was to implement a standardized, community-tailored CAN training for laypersons and a train-the-trainer program in a rural Oklahoma community. The CAN training was evaluated on knowledge, confidence, training satisfaction, and willingness to participate in the train-the-trainer session. The train-the-trainer session was evaluated on confidence and training satisfaction. Participant knowledge and confidence was measured by comparing pretest scores to immediate and 4 months after the training posttest scores. Posttest scores indicated increase in knowledge at the posttest (p < .001) and posttest 2 (p < .001). There was a significant increase in confidence at the posttest (p < .001) and posttest 2 (p = .009).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gardner, SL; Derouin, A; Brown, R; Johnson, AD

Published Date

  • June 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 181 - 186

PubMed ID

  • 30541370

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-8364

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1059-8405

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1059840518812622


  • eng