To prevent the abuse and neglect of Kentucky's children.
The mission of PCAK is to prevent the abuse and neglect of Kentucky's children. Our mission progresses by offering programs, conducting outreach, impacting public policy and ensuring the agency's human and financial base of support is strong, stable and sustainable.
During the last year, PCAK presented 173 training events throughout the state which were attended by more than 4,252 individuals. Topics included Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Child Abuse; Internet Safety; and the Prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.
PCAK’s training menu reflects the provision of the KIDS ARE WORTH IT!® Conference, which is Kentucky’s only statewide multidisciplinary child abuse and neglect prevention conference. The conference, reaching over 500 participants, provides state-of-the art information presented by national and regional experts. PCAK facilitates a Partners in Prevention Network, engaging more than 90 medical, corporate, labor, educational, mental health, social services and faith-based organizations throughout the state.
PCAK has also worked with elected officials to ensure the passage of legislation targeting the prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT). Head trauma is the most frequent cause of permanent damage or death among abused infants and children. Largely due to PCAK’s efforts, HB285 was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Beshear in 2010. In partnership with other agencies, PCAK has been a leader in the development and provision of specialized training curricula relating to the prevention of PAHT.
Goals for the current year include engaging the citizens of the Commonwealth in child abuse and neglect prevention efforts; establishing child abuse and neglect prevention as a public policy priority; implementing and evaluating effective prevention strategies and programs; and increasing financial resources.
2. Assistance with evaluation of agency programs.
3. Funding to expand services to un-served and/or under-served areas and populations in the Commonwealth.
4. Technology capabilities to allow for expansion of our 1-800-CHILDREN parent helpline to non-English speaking parents and caregivers.
5. Networking opportunities with all demographics resulting in greater service delivery capacity.
In SFY 2009, PCAK provided 47 trainings on recognizing and reporting child abuse, 5 on community engagement in child abuse prevention efforts and the annual Kids Are Worth It! ® conference (37 multidisciplinary workshops). Additionally, PCAK provided coordination of Continuing Education Credits in conjunction with 7 workshops facilitated by Dr. Melissa L. Currie, American Board of Pediatrics Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. Upwards of 2250 professionals participated in these events.
Having a reputation for producing high quality training events has led to additional opportunities for outreach including playing a key role in the development of HB 285, a bill passed during the 2010 General Assembly, which mandates education for various Kentucky professionals and citizens on the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head injury. PCAK is working with the University of Louisville and Kosair Children’s Hospital to develop the curricula to satisfy this mandate.
In keeping with the Economic Impact Study (Prevent Child Abuse America, September 2007), it can be said children who suffer abuse and/or neglect are not afforded the opportunity to develop and grow to their full potential and are at greater risk of abusing substances, committing criminal acts, entering into abusive relationships and abusing their own children. Educational outreach increases the number of individuals who learn about and have access to resources to support and strengthen families, intervene in the lives of children suffering harm and are invested in the welfare of children. As the number of citizens involved in efforts to combat violence against children rises, there will be less substance abuse, less criminal activity, and less family violence which will increase the number of children who develop and grow to reach their full potential. The ultimate goal is that every child is cherished and nurtured in a safe environment.
PCAK tracks the number of requests received for technical assistance, resources, and additional training. An increase in the number of individuals shows a greater societal commitment to building nurturing safe environments for children and families. Training evaluations gauge how pertinent information provided to the audience is and to solicit information for program improvement. By asking participants various questions on how they will incorporate prevention or change their daily practice due to the knowledge they received during the training, the evaluation tool serves a secondary purpose of solidifying a commitment from participants to take action. Depending on the audience and topic of discussion, PCAK staff may incorporate activities specifically asking for a commitment with the understanding PCAK staff will follow up via email or phone call. The annual conference workshops are evaluated and an online survey is sent soliciting feedback on how workshop information is being used.
The goal of self-help, parent education & support group services is to produce behavioral changes in participants that will result in safety, well-being & permanency for children & families. Through PCAK’s network of parent education groups, individuals are able to discuss common concerns & challenges facing them as parents. Programs work in collaboration with the local Department for Community Based Services & other community partners to promote positive outcomes for children & families as they support families navigating the child protection system. During the state fiscal year 2013 there were 15,074 incidents of parent education and support services to areas across KY.
Parent education services work to implement programs which encourage short-term achievements and improvements in parents. Successes include immediate improvement in the bonding and communication between parents and children, along with an immediate understanding of coping skills to manage a busy life. There should be an immediate understanding of the resources within the local community that reduce stress and increase access to social and health-care services. 59% of participants during FY 2010 reported a large increase in their awareness of support networks or available resources in their community based on their experience with parent education programs. 86.3% of respondents stated they agreed they had more people to support them than before attending the parenting program. Since attending the program, 96% of participants in FY 2010 stated they understood their children’s behavior, and 95% stated they had learned to handle conflict in a healthy way.
Self-help, parent education and support groups implement programs that encourage long-term change in parents. The ultimate, long-term result should be behavioral change resulting from an increased knowledge and understanding of how children develop and what parents may expect at each development stage. There should be a decrease in reoccurrence of abuse in families. There ought to be a decrease in stresses and/or addictions that put children at risk within families who go through parent education services. There should be an increase in connection of families to other families and parents to other parents, offering mutual support. There should be an increase in the connection between at-risk families/parents and local community resources.
Parent education services are monitored via monthly processing of information, monthly program reviews and tracking. This includes monthly attendance reports, outcome data collection via a validated evaluation (a post-test measuring success, with a collection of qualitative and quantitative data.), processing of billing and programmatic technical assistance. Onsite program monitoring occurs at each provider’s site once during each state fiscal year ensuring the provider is in compliance with their grant proposal and contractual agreements. During FY 2011 there were 1,782 group meetings conducted, with a total of 19,391 incidents of parent education service. 19 agencies will be providing services, with at least one agency in each region, during FY 2012.
“I have really learned a lot from these classes. I understand that our children need us more than anything. I learned that we went about it the wrong way, and this class helped me understand the things the kids need from us. Our kids see a change in us. I would refer this class to anyone.”
The three primary PCAK resources are: 1-800-CHILDREN a toll-free parent helpline. Callers can access valuable information regarding parenting, prevention, volunteer opportunities and resources in local communities. The PCAK Information Center : Kentucky’s premier source of information for child abuse and neglect prevention. The Center informs Kentuckians via data, research findings, national and state trends and best practices; and utilizes all media formats to inform the public of PCAK programs as well as national, state and local partners’ child abuse prevention initiatives.
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