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2016 Youth Protection Symposium

Friday, April 29, 2016; 8am-1pm
1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ

Who Should Attend? For professionals and volunteers who work with children and families including educators and administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, community youth-serving organizations, local youth sports groups (soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse, etc), health and human service providers, faith-based organizations, healthcare and victim advocates.

Detective Maria A. Ingraffia topic is: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Sex Trafficking
To register, click here.

Interested in sponsoring the event click here. Some sponsor levels include admission to the symposium and all permit literature to be placed on our informational table.

Featuring Victor Vieth, executive director emeritus of the Gundersen National Children Protection Training Center.

Detective Maria A. Ingraffia, Task Force Officer, Newark FBI Crimes Against Children Task Force.

CEUs offered
Standard Continuing Legal Education 3 through reciprocity of MN State Board of CE
ASWB (General Social Work Practice 3)
EMT (4 electives)
Professional Development Certificates (endorsed by NJEA Professional Development Institute)

Mr. Vieth's topics are: In Search of the Bottom Line: What Every Youth-Serving Organizations Should Know and Understanding Adverse Childhood Experience Research See course outline below.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experience Research


  • A detailed description of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) research from the Centers for Disease Control.
    • Scope, parameters, and methodology of study
    • Key statistics and how they apply to ourselves and the children we work with.
  • An overview of additional research on the exposure of children to violence and other forms of trauma.
    • Multiple studies have replicated the original ACE research, results have remained constant.
  • Understand common medical, mental health, and behavioral characteristics of children who have endured trauma.
    • See examples of bruises/contusions left by common instruments of abuse
    • Hear examples of common language and terms used by children being abused
    • Learn about common behavioral manifestations of abuse.
  • Understand the role of youth serving organizations in developing resilience in children who have experienced or witnessed trauma.
    • Reporting procedures; when to report and how to report
    • Providing healthy relationships and emotional support
    • Building stronger family dynamics.

In Search of the Bottom Line:
What Every Youth-Serving Organization Should Know


  • Overview of Centers for Disease Control best practices for youth serving organizations in preventing or responding to cases of child abuse
    • Understand that sex offenders are drawn to youth serving organizations
    • Faith based youth serving organizations may be particularly attractive to sex offenders
    • Sex offenders are manipulative and often select the easiest target
  • Receive concrete steps for applying the CDC standards to also protect or respond with excellence to cases of physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect
    • Most child abuse cases are never reported
    • Most cases are not investigated
    • Focus is often on child sexual abuse
    • Investigation is deflected from abuse in the home
    • If the focus is on child sex abuse, we won't protect the majority of abused children.
  • Identify resources to assist youth serving organizations in improving training and policies on youth protection.
    • Offenders may act even if others present
    • Most children are abused in more than one way
    • One on one contact between adults and youth in youth serving organizations should be avoided
    • Distribute handouts re: mandated reporting in New Jersey

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