Pixel Tracker

Monday, November 19 , 2018, 6:32 am | Fair 48º

 
 
 
 

CALM Encourages Awareness to Prevent Abuse Tragedies

Presentations and resources are available at no cost to local schools and government

In the wake of the tragic child abuse scandals in the news, most recently at Miramonte School in Los Angeles, CALM, the Santa Barbara nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, hopes to increase awareness about its school-based prevention programs in the community.

In an era of shrinking budgets and diminishing resources for schools nationwide, CALM continues to supply education, resources and training on child abuse prevention to schools in Santa Barbara County.

Provided at no cost to school districts or local government, CALM is available to give presentations to all local schools. Held over two sessions, CALM’s prevention and parenting coordinator, Ann Bryant, teaches age-appropriate lessons on topics such as bullying, verbal abuse, Internet safety and “Good Touch, Bad Touch.” In addition to working with children of all ages, from preschool up through high school, Bryant provides training for educators and school staff on proper protocols related to mandated child abuse reporting.

CALM is also available to come to parent meetings to speak about child abuse and ways to prevent such tragedies. These presentations are interactive and include video and print materials for the children that are age-appropriate.

“It is vital for parents to check with their children’s schools, after-care programs and sports teams to see if all people involved with child activities, volunteers and paid staff, are fingerprinted and background checked,” Bryant said. “Often, parents assume that these measures have already been checked, but unfortunately, these checks are not always up to date or even existent at all.”

CALM has spent the past 40 years developing a culture of openness in the community, and taking a pro-active stance in the continuing struggle against child abuse. By partnering with local school districts and day camps, CALM seeks to widen the community of responsibility — giving children the tools to protect themselves, and adults the resources to protect children.

To find out more about scheduling a school visit, or for more information about all of CALM’s services, click here or call 805.965.2376.

— Jennifer Guess is a publicist representing CALM.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >