UNICEF Innocenti Impact: Summarised!

Get up-to-date on Innocenti research with their Results Report.

The latest Results Report provides useful summaries of research across six programme areas in 2017:

  • Child Poverty, Equity and Well-being
  • Social Protection
  • Child Rights and Protection
  • Adolescent Development and Well-being
  • Children in Humanitarian Settings
  • Education and Learning Outcomes

With succinct case studies of UNICEF's impact on children's lives, deeper dives into their most compelling research and summaries of all their publications, this report is a chance to catch up with their work, or discover things you may have missed.

Refresh your research knowledge! Download the report today here.

Health Survey Finds Most Common Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Economic Hardship, Parental Breakups

From Children's Bureau Express:

Health Survey Finds Most Common Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Economic Hardship, Parental Breakups

Economic hardship and the divorce or separation of parents are the two most common adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) of children in the United States, according to a new brief from ChildTrends. The brief is based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and describes the prevalence of eight specific ACEs among children from birth through age 17, as reported by a parent or guardian.

ACEs can cause intense feelings of fear and helplessness in children and have been linked to negative outcomes across the lifespan, including poor physical and mental health, substance use, depression, lower educational attainment, unemployment, and poverty. Not all children who experience ACEs suffer lasting consequences, as the long-term outcomes are often offset or mitigated if they occurred within the context of positive relationships.

The NSCH survey asks parents or guardians whether their children have ever experienced the following:

  • Lived with a parent who has separated or divorced
  • Lived with a parent or guardian who died
  • Lived with a parent or guardian who was imprisoned
  • Lived with a parent or guardian with a substance use disorder
  • Lived with anyone mentally ill, suicidal, or seriously depressed for more than a few weeks
  • Witnessed a parent, guardian, or adult in the household behaving violently
  • Been the victim of violence or seen violence in his or her neighborhood
  • Experienced economic hardship "somewhat often" or "very often"

Key findings include the following:

  • Almost half (45 percent) of all children have experienced at least one ACE, which is similar to the findings in the 2011–2012 NSCH survey.
  • One in 10 children have experienced three or more ACEs, putting them at high risk for poor outcomes.
  • Children of different backgrounds and ethnicities do not experience ACEs equally. Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of Black non-Hispanic children and 51 percent of Hispanic children have experienced at least one ACE, compared with 40 percent of White non-Hispanic children and 23 percent of Asian non-Hispanic children.

The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Nationally, by State, and by Race or Ethnicity is available at https://www.childtrends.org/publications/prevalence-adverse-childhood-experiences-nationally-state-race-ethnicity/.

Keeping Kids Safe: Call to Action

Child abuse and neglect isn’t just an issue in April. On the final day of this Child Abuse Prevention Month, we invite you to reflect on the content and opportunities we’ve shared over the past 30 days and then decide what you will do to carry this message forward throughout the year. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Schedule an ACEs & Resiliency Training or film screening for your community: https://www.sdcpcm.com/aces-education/

2. Complete the mandatory reporter training online: http://dss.sd.gov/childprotection/protective.aspx

3. Support local CASAs, shelters, CACs and other nonprofits who are servicing and support children and families in your community through donation or volunteering.

4. Attend a local event that benefits or educates about services for SD children and families: https://www.sdcpcm.com/events/…

5. Take a minute to sign up for the CPCM mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter and stay up to date on events and initiatives in your community and across the state. https://www.sdcpcm.com/mailing-list/

We can eliminate child maltreatment in South Dakota. It starts with you!

Keeping Kids Safe: How to talk to children about difficult news

Children's lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the "bad things" away.

Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. 

To learn tips on how to have these difficult conversations, visit the American Psychological Association Website.

Keeping Kids Safe: Trauma experienced by juveniles in the justice system

More than 80% of juvenile justice-involved youth report experiencing trauma, with many having experienced multiple, chronic, and pervasive interpersonal traumas.

This exposure places them at risk for emotional, behavioral, developmental, and legal problems. Unresolved posttraumatic stress symptoms can lead to serious long-term consequences across the entire lifespan, such as problems with interpersonal relationships; cognitive functioning; and mental health disorders including PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, disordered eating, depression, self-injury, and conduct problems—all of which can increase the likelihood of involvement in delinquency, crime, and the justice system.

The prevalence and severity of traumatic stress reactions among juvenile justice-involved youth, caregivers, families, professionals, and providers, necessitates a system-wide response to prevent, identify, address, and minimize further traumatic stress.

To learn more about being trauma-informed, visit the National Child Traumatic Stress Website.

Keeping Kids Safe: Children's Home Society Menu of Training

Children’s Home Society provides trainings that are geared at empowering people and organizations to help stop the cycle of child abuse.

These trainings provide a holistic approach which expands the conversation from preventing child abuse to recognizing and responding to children in crisis and trauma.

Source: Children’s Home Society

Keeping Kids Safe: Mandatory Reporter Training

Mandated reporters are an essential part of the child protection system because they have an enhanced capacity, through their expertise and direct contact with children, to identify suspected child abuse and neglect.

The Department of Social Services offers free, online mandatory reporter training on their website.

Source: The Department of Social Services

Keeping Kids Safe: Mandatory Reporters

Are you a mandatory reporter? 

There are over 25 professions listed in South Dakota Codified Law who are mandatory reporters. To see the full list, visit the South Dakota Legislative Research Council website.

But ANYONE can report suspected instances of child abuse.

To report child abuse or neglect, please call 1.877.244.0864. Intake Specialists will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If reporting an emergency situation before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., on the weekends, or during a holiday, please contact your local law enforcement.

Keeping Kids Safe: Child Advocacy Centers

Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-focused centers that coordinate the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse, while helping abused children heal.

CACs have professionals specially trained to interview a child or provide a medical exam for the child.

South Dakota has three nationally accredited CACs:

Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center in Pine Ridge also serves as a CAC.