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Children’s Alliance to help educate faculty and staff

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in an effort to educate faculty and staff about child abuse prevention, Penn State Berks has partnered with the Children’s Alliance Center. Representatives from the Children’s Alliance Center will give a presentation at Penn State Berks on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from 1:00–2:15 p.m. in room 5, Luerssen Building. This presentation will focus on mandatory reporting processes and procedures, and it is only open to faculty and staff of the college.

In addition, members of the Berks County District Attorney's Office, along with representatives from the Children's Alliance Center, gave a presentation to law enforcement and/or security personnel at Penn State Berks on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. This training session was hosted by Penn State Berks Police Services and was open to the four other colleges in the Higher Educations Council of Berks County: Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, and Reading Area Community College. The session was also open to other local Penn State campuses.

The session discussed investigations involving child abuse and/or sexual assault, as well as domestic violence. Topics included the mandated reporting process/procedure, various investigative techniques (minimal fact interview process), resources that are available, and discussion concerning historically related case studies. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions to the panel of presenters.

The Children’s Alliance Center (CAC) of Berks County provides a child-friendly environment that welcomes abused children and non-offender family members and caregivers. Services provided at the CAC include forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, and case management for the families to help them cope with the impact of the abuse. Since opening its doors in July 2004, the CAC of Berks County has provided services for more than 800 children.

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