As we see in the news media all too often, the problem of child abuse is still far too prevalent today despite all the campaigns and efforts to combat it. As a result, teachers and other professional – who are mandated by the state to report suspected child abuse and neglect — need to be aware of the early warning signs of abuse in children now more than ever.
Mindful of that fact, the UFT has long provided the state-mandated Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting course free of charge to its members in all five boroughs, after school and on weekends. But now, going a step further, the union is offering the course through America Online (AOL). This is the first union course to be brought to the Internet, and the results have been very encouraging.
The inaugural class was held this past November, and since then five more have been completed. The source was developed by Bill Stamatis, who coordinates online services for the UFT Communications Department, course instructor Brenda Dressler and Joseph Colleti, UFT coordinator of new teacher and paraprofessional staff and development. Read more…