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Guernsey County Community Outreach Education
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The Guernsey County Family and Children First Community Outreach Coordinator,
located at Guernsey County Children Services, provides many valuable services to the residents
in our county. This position provides education and training on the topics of
child abuse and neglect using the HUGS curriculum and
Shaken Baby Syndrome Program
by funding received in part from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund. Another
component to this position is a school intervention piece working in cooperation
with county school social workers. Our COEC works with at-risk children by
providing behavioral interventions.
Shaken Baby Syndrome | Safe
Haven | Darkness to Light: Steward
additional information contact:
Jamie Miller - Community Outreach Education Coordinator
HUGS - Help
Us Grow Safely
The Community Outreach Education Coordinator presents a program describing ways
to help prevent child abuse in a public place. The HUGS program was originally
developed to train staff at Children's Hospital to assist families in stressful
situations (e.g., when waiting for a medical appointment), but its techniques
are transferable to any environment and has been brought to Guernsey County. The
principles can be applied at a grocery store, in the workplace, in a department
store, at a child's school or daycare, at a park or any public place.
Have you ever been in the grocery store or other public place, and observed
a stressful moment between a parent and a child.....one that left you
uncomfortable and unsure how to help? You are not alone. 50% of Americans report
that they "did nothing" when they saw a potential child abuse situation in
public, because they were unsure how to help.
This program is a favorite throughout the community. To date, the HUGS program
has trained day care providers, teachers, hospital nurses and volunteers, social
workers, YMCA staff, parenting class participants, student and various other
community and social service agencies.
In June, HUGS was presented to a parenting class held at NLGH. Every
participant of the program learned concrete ways to constructively intervene in
a stressful parent/child interaction, and thus reduce the likelihood of child
maltreatment. Participants also learned how to make a report of child
maltreatment if they suspect abuse or neglect. In August, HUGS posters were
posted at Southeast Med, Cambridge Guernsey County Health Department, Guernsey
County Children Services, and the Lore City Community Center.
*Initiate a HUGS training
at your place of employment
*Request HUGS for your place
of worship, child's school, or daycare
*Learn more about parenting
and child abuse prevention
*Be a positive role model for
parents and children
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Shaken Baby Syndrome
The Community Outreach Education Coordinator presents a program describing the
dangers, implications and alternative measures to the 100 % preventable disorder
of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
What is Shaken Baby Syndrome??? It is a group of
symptoms from injuries caused by shaking a baby .
What happens when a baby is shaken? A baby's head is larger and heavier than the
rest of its body, and until a baby is about two years of age or older, his neck
muscles are not strong enough to support his head. Shaking causes the brain to
move around within the skull and to become bruised from hitting against bone.
The bruising causes swelling, bleeding and pressure in the brain. Blood vessels
can rupture and nerves can be permanently damaged.
Why would someone shake a baby? A parent or caregiver may shake a baby out of
frustration or anger when trying to stop the baby's crying.
Participants in all SBS programs learn of the dangers and consequences of SBS
and also proper techniques for quieting and calming a crying infant
Trainings will also be held at the Childbirth Center at SEORMC. All parents of
newborns will take a pre-test, view the "Portrait of Promise" video, take a
post-test, discuss any questions with a trained RN and sign a contract agreeing
to never, under any circumstances, shake their baby.
Syndrome is a preventable form of abuse
*Studies show that educating
parents & caregivers can be effective in reducing the
number of SBS cases
For more information or to schedule your group for a training contact:
Jamie Miller - Community Outreach Education Coordinator:
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Your baby is counting on you. If you are pregnant and
afraid, you need to know that there are safe places for your newborn.
There is an alternate to leaving an infant in an unsafe place.
In Ohio, under the Safe Havens for Newborn law, you can leave your unharmed
baby, up to three days old, with a medical worker in a hospital, a medical
worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization, or a peace
officer at a low enforcement agency.
Guernsey County's Safe Haven for Newborns is the Emergency Care Department at
Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark Street, Cambridge, Ohio.
Don't abandon your baby.
House Bill 660, Deserted Babies Bill
Parents of a newborn, 72 hours or less, may safely
deliver a newborn, no questions asked to specified entities with:
*No threat of criminal
liability, unless the child has been injured due to abuse or neglect
*Aboslute right to remain
If you need more information, contact Guernsey County Children Services at
740-439-5555 or 1-800-296-3511.
Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
The Stewards of Children programming is designed to
present adults with facts about the problem of child sexual abuse (SA); present
the types of situations in which child SA might occur; provide simple, effective
strategies for protecting children from SA; relay the importance of talking
about the prevention of SA with children and other adults; and educate adults
about the signs of SA so they might intervene and be able to react responsibly.
The Stewards of Children program is designed to provide
the following outcomes:
awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual
skills for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual
positive change to organizational policies and procedures
commitment to action via a personal prevention plan
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