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Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities

The United States Department of Health and Human Services

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has published a number of resources to respond to the risk of child abuse and neglect among children with disabilities.


Christian Resources on Child Abuse and Neglect

GRACE – Godly response to abuse in the christian environment

Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) is a Christian organization of child abuse prosecutors, psychologists ,and other professionals who provide training, publications, and other resources to families and churches on the subject of child abuse.

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Child Abuse Resources. This website, created by a Missouri Synod Task Force on child abuse, contains a number of articles, prayers, coloring books and other resources that may help churches and families in responding to the sin of child abuse.

Information to Know When Seeking Counseling

Informational brochures from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod for dealing with mental health issues.

Freedom For the Captives Counselors Page

Visit our FFTC counselors page for resources that may help in finding an counselor.

Standing Up For Children

“Standing Up for Children: A Christian Response to Child Abuse and Neglect.” All WELS churches and schools need to be safe places where leaders actively work to prevent abuse.  WELS Freedom for the Captives (FFTC) offers online training videos taught by experts Mr. Victor Vieth, the national director emeritus of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and Prof. John Schuetze, WELS seminary professor and counselor. The training consists of four videos with quizzes for each of the videos.  Those who watch the videos and pass the quizzes will receive a certificate to show they have completed training.  For a few larger conferences, Mr. Vieth is willing to do the training.  For information, email freedom@wels.net. To request the training for yourself or your group, please complete our online learning registration form.

For a conference, faculty inservice or other group training, the videos could be shown to the assembly, and then each attendee given the “key” to take the online quiz.  Those who successfully complete the quizzes would receive certification.  A grant from the Antioch Foundation has made it possible for Mr. Vieth to appear personally at select larger conferences to do the training in person.

Besides training leaders and volunteers, we also recommend that everyone with access to children should have a background check, and read and sign an up-to-date child protection policy.

When churches start conversations about abuse, it is not uncommon for Christians who suffered abuse to seek help.  For this reason, Freedom For The Captives offers survivors a rich supply of spiritual resources and other useful information.  Congregations and schools will find guidance on abuse prevention policies and other helpful resources on this website.


Developing Church Policies on Child Abuse

CDC Guide

The Centers for Disease Control has published a guide to assist youth-serving organizations in limiting the possibility of child abuse within an organization.

Doulous Resources

Doulous Resources has developed a guide specifically designed for churches in developing child protection policies.

National Child Protection Training Center Resources

The National Child Protection Training Center Resources has published a succinct article setting forth ideal child protection policies including policies for managing a convicted sex offender within the congregation.


Guidance on Effective Discipline

The American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a review of the research on effective and ineffective forms of discipline. Although written for pediatricians, the article may assist parents in finding effective forms of child discipline.


Impact of Child Abuse and Neglect

The Academy on Violence & Abuse

The Academy on Violence & Abuse has a number of resources to help professionals and the general public understand the impact of child abuse or other forms of trauma on our medical and mental health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The ACE Study

The CDC and Kaiser Permanente have studied the impact of child physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences on our health. It is important to consider the potential impact on child abuse and neglect on our health and to discuss these issues with our medical and mental health providers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The ACE Study


Impact of Emotional Abuse

The American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has completed a comprehensive study on the potential long term impact of psychological abuse.


Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a 24 hour hotline if you believe you have seen a missing child or encounter sexually exploitive images. NCMEC also has resources that parents, churches and schools can use in teaching children online safety.


Parenting Programs

ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

ACT Raising Safe Kids Program is designed to help parents raise healthy children and to reduce the risk of physical or emotional abuse. The program was developed by the American Psychological Association and its effectiveness is supported by research.


Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America has a number of materials that may help families and churches prevent child abuse and neglect.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has a prevention guide addressing all forms of child abuse and neglect. Although the guide is written for child protection professionals, it may also assist churches and the general Christian community gain a deeper understanding of prevention.


Research on Adult Sex Offenders

Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative

Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative is a comprehensive report prepared by the United States Department of Justice that details our current knowledge about adults and children who commit sexual offenses. This document may help clergy or others who have to monitor convicted sex offenders in a congregation or in directing sex offenders to appropriate treatment and other resources that research indicates can lower the risk of recidivism.

SMART

The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Registering, Apprehending & Tracking (SMART) is a United States Department of Justice program that monitors federal law on the registration of sex offenders. The SMART website has a number of resources that can help churches or others understand registration laws in a particular state.


Research on Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative

Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative is a comprehensive report prepared by the United States Department of Justice that details our current knowledge about adults and children who commit sexual offenses. This document may help clergy or others who have to monitor convicted sex offenders in a congregation or in directing sex offenders to appropriate treatment and other resources that research indicates can lower the risk of recidivism.

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published a summary of research on juveniles who commit sexual offenses against other children.


Resources for Male Survivors

MaleSurvivor

MaleSurvivor is a national organization of male survivors of sexual abuse that has developed a number of resources for men who have endured trauma.


Sexual Behaviors of Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Evaluation Sexual Behaviors in Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Evaluation Sexual Behaviors in Children. Parents, clergy, teachers and others may struggle with discerning a child’s sexual behaviors. This article helps sort out normal and abnormal sexual behaviors in children and offers guidance when professional assistance is necessary.


Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma

The Matty Eappen Foundation

The Matty Eappen Foundation has resources to help prevent abusive head trauma in infants, which is commonly called Shaken Baby Syndrome. The foundation also has a grant program to assist families impacted by this form of child abuse.


Teaching Children Internet and Personal Safety

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center is a program of Gundersen Health System and has a number of resources for parents, schools and churches in teaching children personal safety.


Teaching Children Resilience

The Search Institute

The Search Institute has developed a number of tools for parents and schools to use in teaching children perseverance and resilience, including a connection to faith.


Trafficking of Children

Shared Hope International

Shared Hope International has a number of resources to assist in understanding and responding to the trafficking of children.


Training of Faith Leaders

GRACE

Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) is a Christian organization of child abuse prosecutors, psychologists and other professionals who provide training, publications and other resources to families and churches on the subject of child abuse. In 2018, they expanded their focus to cover all types of abuse.

Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Gundersen Health System has designed a course, entitled Chaplains for Children, which provides rigorous training for clergy, teachers, staff ministers and other called workers in recognizing and responding to cases of child abuse. GNCPTC also has a number of publications and other resources that can help the faith community in responding to instances of child abuse.

Standing Up For Children

“Standing Up for Children A Christian Response to Child Abuse and Neglect.” All WELS churches and schools need to be safe places where leaders actively work to prevent abuse.  WELS Freedom for the Captives (FFTC) offers online training videos taught by experts: Mr. Victor Vieth, the national director emeritus of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and Prof. John Schuetze, WELS seminary professor and counselor. The training consists of four videos with quizzes for each of the videos.  Those who watch the videos and pass the quizzes will receive a certificate to show they have completed training.  For a few larger conferences, Mr. Vieth is willing to do the training.  For information, email freedom@wels.net. To request the training for yourself or your group, please complete our online learning registration form.

For a conference, faculty inservice or other group training, the videos could be shown to the assembly, and then each attendee given the “key” to take the online quiz.  Those who successfully complete the quizzes would receive certification.  A grant from the Antioch Foundation has made it possible for Mr. Vieth to appear personally at select larger conferences to do the training in person.

Besides training leaders and volunteers, we also recommend that everyone with access to children should have a background check, and read and sign an up-to-date child protection policy.

When churches start conversations about abuse, it is not uncommon for Christians who suffered abuse to seek help.  For this reason, Freedom For The Captives offers survivors a rich supply of spiritual resources and other useful information.  Congregations and schools will find guidance on abuse prevention policies and other helpful resources on this website.