Wichita Conference Focuses on Child Abuse Prevention

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp


WICHITA -- There may not be one, easy solution for preventing child abuse and neglect, but there are many effective approaches proven to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

One effective approach is to make sure the professionals working with children have proper training in the field of child abuse and neglect. Each year, the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) along with 18 other sponsoring agencies provides such training at the Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

This year, the 36th Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect will be held October 15-17, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Century II Convention Center in Wichita. An expected 600 participants from around the state will be participating and will learn about a range of topics and how they affect the field of child abuse and neglect.

Some of the topics of interest this year include human trafficking, best practices in foster care, internet safety, crime scene protocol for law enforcement and many more. Many of this year’s workshops will be specific to individuals who work in law enforcement. By learning about relevant topics affecting children and families, professionals are able to provide better service and prevent child neglect and abuse because they are aware of the potential issues and they will know how to effectively deal with the issue.

The conference strives to:

- Provide information about exemplary models of prevention and intervention services for children and families.
- Provide a networking opportunity for Kansans interested in the welfare of children.
- Recognize individuals and organizations who have provided outstanding services to children.
- Publicize the needs of children and families and the opportunities to meet those needs.
- Provide certifiable training opportunities for individuals who work professionally providing services for the benefit of children and families.

“We are pleased to bring together national and state experts to share information on best practices, promising programs, and the latest research to aid in our collective efforts to help families raise their children in safe and healthy environments,” said Vicky Roper, Director of Education and Awareness with the Kansas Children’s Service League and Director of Prevent Child Abuse Kansas.

Workshops will be taking place throughout the three-day conference and an awards luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16th.


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