Child Abuse

Adopted March 1989 – Revised May 2016 – Community Concerns Commission

The California State PTA believes children are the future and must be protected from harm. PTA further believes all children are entitled to live and grow in an atmosphere of love and respect, and no child should be subjected to physical, psychological, verbal or sexual abuse. PTA, as the state’s largest child advocacy organization, must assume a leadership role to achieve these goals.

The California State PTA advocates:

  • Public education about the unmet needs of and public responsibility to children and families;
  • Public education about the prevalence, causes, methods of intervention and prevention of child abuse;
  • Public education about programs and assistance available to victims and their families;
  • Parenting skills workshops and classes for parents and teenagers;
  • Public education for children on the identification of abuse and the survival skills they need to learn to be safe;
  • Thorough implementation of state laws requiring school districts to provide training for school personnel (including classroom aides, yard duty personnel and custodians) in the identification, prevention, treatment and reporting of child abuse;
  • School, law enforcement, courts and social service agencies working cooperatively and acting promptly in handling cases of suspected child abuse;
  • Creating adequate laws to protect children from cyber bullying, intended online stalking and using any type of communication device to physically or mentally abuse another child or cause harm;
  • Team-building workshops so active members in the community can get acquainted with each other;
  • Adequate funding for treatment centers and temporary shelters;
  • Adequate funding and staffing for child welfare services programs; and
  • Anonymous telephone tip established and advertised for safe public reporting.
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