Your guide to Storyland Abuse and Neglect Policy
Storyland Preschool and Childcare Center's Policies on Preventing and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Children
At Storyland Preschool, we take Abuse and Neglect of Children exceptionally seriously and do whatever we can to assure that all children are safe, free of abuse and neglect, and are cared for in the way that all children deserve.
Storyland encourages daily practices that achieve our goals of keeping children safe and free of abuse or neglect to prevent abuse and neglect at the center.
Each teacher and staff person is required to have annual training in the detection and prevention of child abuse and neglect. This training includes the following categories:
For a complete copy of the training, please click here to download our employee training on Child Abuse and Neglect.
At Storyland, in addition to the annual training, we make it our ongoing policy to increase employee and parent awareness of issues regarding abuse and neglect. This would include things such as warning signs that a child may be a victim of abuse or neglect and factors indicating a child is at risk for abuse and neglect.
We accomplish this task through monthly training/staff meetings, individual consultations with individual staff members, and overall policy of encouraging staff to report any signs that they notice that might indicate abuse or neglect to both the office staff and the State of Ohio, Licensing Department.
If any teachers are unsure, they are encouraged to report to the director, and at a minimum confidentially discuss the matter. Any suspected cases of abuse or neglect are reported immediately to the appropriate authorities within the State of Texas government
Parents are made aware of these policies through ongoing communications and the yearly updated Family Handbook. If staff feel that a family may be experiencing stress that could possibly lead to abuse or neglect, they will direct the parent to seek help. A list of resources is provided at the end of this policy.
At Storyland, it is also our policy to assure that employees and parents are aware of prevention techniques for child abuse and neglect. This is accomplished in some ways.
At Storyland, it is our policy to identify and communicate strategies that can be implemented to coordinate our center with appropriate organizations. At Storyland, we realize that our expertise does not extend beyond the scope of intervention typical of a childcare worker.
At Storyland, it is our policy to assure that anyone who may be a victim of abuse, including parents who has a child a child that is a victim of abuse or neglect have the necessary resources to obtain assistance and counseling.
The center maintains a list of resources that can be provided to parents, teachers, or other interested parties that include both local and national agencies that may be able to provide assistance. These are provided in the form of a hard copy in the Storyland office or can be obtained here.
As part of Storyland Abuse and Neglect Policy, we offer a list of national, state, and local resources for those who would like more information about child abuse and neglect. This list is not exhaustive, but rather gives you some ideas to start your research. We added both national as well as local resources.
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800 4 A CHILD or 1-800-422-4453
"Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. It’s a terrible epidemic that we at Childhelp are dedicated to put an end to. To do this, we need to first increase awareness of the issue itself."
This site is devoted to helping victims of child abuse and neglect through prevention, intervention and treatment. Find up-to-date definitions and information on the problem and discover ways you too can help.
This site provides information and resources about child and adolescent psychiatry for families, caregivers and other professionals including information on abuse and neglect. There is a large database of information on all aspects of abuse including physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect and Interpersonal violence in addition to other mental health disorders affecting young people.
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.
The Children’s Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. With an annual budget of almost $8 billion, the Children’s Bureau provides support and guidance to programs that focus on strengthening families and protecting children.
Texas Child Protective Services has a four part mission to
This extensive website provide information and assistance to families throughout the State of Texas.
"At Family Support Services, our vision is "a community where individuals and families are healthy, stable, and violence-free."
Family Support Services offers many programs to achieve their mission in Amarillo, Canyon and across the Texas Panhandle. Their services are available at no cost or on an affordable sliding scale basis.
Information on our programs can be found on their website or through calling the main office at 806.342.2500 Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm, and Friday, 8am-4:30pm.
They also offer a Crisis Hotline for victims of domestic violence and Sexual Assault at 806.374.5433.
Part of FSS, the Domestic Violence Department provides emergency assistance, housing, legal and financial, counseling, support, children's services, and community outreach services. You can get information on their website or by calling the hotline at 806-374-5433 which is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Amarillo College offers continuing education periodically on child abuse and neglect to area residents. This latest training has lecture notes and resources that you can download directly from their website on the Effects of Child Abuse.
This site maintains a list of attorneys in Amarillo and surrounding areas that deal directly with Child Abuse.