Community Partnership Against Child Abuse provides collaboration of community professionals to address all forms of child abuse and neglect through awareness, education, and prevention. Community Partnership Against Child Abuse will involve all community agencies working with children and families in reducing or eliminating the incidences of child abuse and neglect in our community. This partnership is a merge between two groups formerly known as Joint Hospital Team, and Child Abuse Task Force.
Community Partnership Against Child Abuse holds free workshops quarterly, including a full-day conference in November. Any community member may attend. If you are interested in finding out more about this partnership or how to become involved, please contact Tristin Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.244.3053 x 233 for more information.
CHILD ABUSE TASK FORCE
History of the Task Force
The Lucas County Child Abuse Task Force, previously known as the Sexual Abuse Task Force was formed in 1985. Working from a philosophical premise that agencies and professionals must work together in order to prevent child sexual abuse, individuals representing public and private agencies concerned with children gathered together to find ways to address the growing problem of child sexual abuse. In 1997, the Task Force expanded its mission to address all forms of child abuse and neglect. In 2018, Child Abuse Task Force merged with Joint Hospital Team to create Community Partnership Against Child Abuse.
TASK FORCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Developed a Plan of Cooperation in 1987 to define the roles of child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, mental health, and medical organizations and promoted a ‘team approach” to child sexual abuse investigation, prosecution and treatment. The Plan was revised in 2005.
- Implemented the Parents United Program in 1987 to bring to our community for the first time a comprehensive treatment program for child sexual abuse victims, their siblings, non-offending parents and perpetrators.
- Developed the Lucas County Multidisciplinary team in 1994 to review cases of child physical and sexual abuse to help further promote the team approach and to plan multidisciplinary interventions.
- Advocated successfully for policies that promote community protection and intervention that are sensitive to the needs of child victims and their families.
- Established the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in 1997 to provide a child-friendly comforting site, support and crisis services to children and families who are coping with child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and witnessing violence. Another key component of the CAC is to provide a neutral, trauma-reducing site where child victims can be interviewed by the team of professionals who are conducting the investigations.
- Sponsored multiple professional and community awareness trainings on child maltreatment.