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;…

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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

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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…

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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: Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center in Rapid City, Child’s…

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Building Trauma-Informed Communities

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. The landmark CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study examined the relationships between adverse experiences during childhood and reduced health and well-being later in life. The study found a person’s risk for long-term…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. The landmark Kaiser ACE study examined the relationships between these experiences during childhood and reduced health and well-being later in life. CDC estimates the lifetime costs associated…

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Reducing Screen Time

“We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels —…

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Building Safety Through Communication

Child safety discussions are crucial. Children’s Home Society of South Dakota offers the “What if?” Card deck. The 160-card set opens a subtle, yet intentional dialogue with children in the areas of sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, morals, stranger danger, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, internet safety, home safety, promises and secrets, and every day…

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