mother_and_baby_300x314Established in 1973, the San Francisco Child Abuse Council provides education and training to schools, PTAs, civic organizations and professional groups about the prevention of child abuse and neglect, both inside and outside of the home. The Council also educates the public and policy makers about child abuse, develops policy and best practices regarding child abuse cases and works to improve the coordination of citywide child abuse services.

Read about the Council’s major initiatives below.

Child Safety Awareness Program

The Council’s Child Safety Awareness Program educates thousands of San Francisco school children each year through its age-appropriate, culturally diverse curriculum that focuses on personal safety awareness, assertiveness training, environmental safety knowledge and support system development. Child Safety Awareness training is provided through a series of four ½-hour classroom meetings with students. The training is provided free of charge to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms (via foundation grants) and is available for a modest fee to any private school operating in San Francisco. The Child Safety Awareness Program is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

Parent and Caregiver Education Seminars

Child Safety Awareness Program staff also schedule Parent and Caregiver Education Seminars at schools and community centers to help raise parent and caregiver awareness about child safety issues, and to encourage parents and caregivers to reinforce the lessons their children have learned in Child Safety Awareness trainings.

Mandated Reporter Training

boy_on_swing_200x301The Council trains child-serving professionals (mandated reporters) in the health, law enforcement, education and social service fields to recognize, identify and respond to suspected child abuse and neglect. Trainings ensure that professionals are well-trained in how to identify and report abuse or neglect. The Council creates a safety web for children by coordinating this work with the work of our Child Safety Awareness program, in order to ensure that children who disclose abuse after participating in child safety awareness training will be supported by their teachers and school environments.

Coordinating Child Abuse Services

The Council works to coordinate child abuse services across the City, working closely with:

  • The Mayor’s Child Sexual Trauma Advisory Committee
  • Child and Adolescent Support, Advocacy and Resource Center (CASARC)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC) Policy Committee
  • Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team (SCAN) of San Francisco General Hospital
  • Child Death Review Committee
  • Family Violence Council
  • Sex Offender Management Alliance (SOMA)
  • Citizen’s Advisory Council of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
  • Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Council Coalition
  • State Advisory Committee on Child Death (Attorney General’s Office)
  • Shaken Baby Task Force
  • San Francisco Unified School District

Child Abuse Council History

Since 1973, the Child Abuse Council has worked to develop policies and best practices regarding child abuse cases, including developing written protocols for the handling of physical and sexual abuse cases for all Bay Area hospitals. The Council has advocated for local and state legislation as well as improved systems of response to child abuse, including the establishment of a Child Abuse Unit in the District Attorney’s Office, a Juvenile Division in the San Francisco Police Department to handle child abuse cases, and the Moses Grossman Child Abuse Protection Center at San Francisco General Hospital. The Council also helped to establish a Bay Area Coalition of Child Abuse Councils to coordinate and share resources in education and public awareness activities. Today, a major focus of the Council’s work is providing education and training to schools, PTAs, civic organizations and professional groups about the prevention of child abuse and neglect, both in and out of the home. The Council continues to play an active role in coordinating child abuse services across San Francisco, working closely with multiple organizations, committees and task forces.