Handle With Care for Schools
- When a child is exposed to violence or trauma, a law enforcement officer or CPS worker will contact the identified school personnel (superintendent’s office, principal or counselor) who will take the initial information (Handle With Care Notice).
- The superintendent’s office, principal or counselor will then ensure notification is provided to appropriate teacher(s).
- Teachers will observe child’s behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as appropriate.
- If child exhibits problems (emotional/behavioral/academic, etc.), the teacher will refer the child to the school counselor.
- The school counselor will assess the child’s needs to determine if counseling/services are needed and make a recommendation to the parent/guardian.
- The counselor or social worker will refer the caregiver/child for follow-up services as deemed appropriate.
- The school will attempt to obtain written consent from the parent/guardian for care providers and school staff to communicate about the best interest of the child.
- School to provide trauma sensitive training to ALL school employees. A process will be developed to alert appropriate school staff of the child’s exposure to violence.
- School to provide space for law enforcement desensitization process.
- School to provide space for specialized trauma therapist.
- Quarterly Defending Childhood Initiative Team Meeting.
At least quarterly, key DCI stakeholders will review and evaluate DCI and make recommendations for improvement as necessary.
- Law Enforcement
- Case workers
- Community partners
The Team will assess the following to determine the effectiveness of DCI: academic achievements; truancies; and disciplinary reports. The meeting will not focus on specific cases.
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