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DIVISION 9. PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES [10000 - 18999.8]

  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

PART 6. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS [18000 - 18999.8]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

CHAPTER 12. The Maxine Waters Child Abuse Prevention Training Act of 1984 [18975 - 18979]

  ( Chapter 12 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1638, Sec. 3. )

ARTICLE 2. Primary Prevention Programs [18976 - 18976.5]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1638, Sec. 3. )

18976.
  

A primary prevention program shall include all of the following:

(a) Parent, teacher, and children’s workshops which provide all of the following:

(1) Information, provided in a clear, age-appropriate, nonthreatening manner, delineating the problem and the range of possible solutions.

(2) Workshops which are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the population served and which are staffed by people with cultural and linguistic backgrounds representing the diversity of the population in the service area.

(3) Workshops which are appropriate to the geographic area served.

(4) Workshops which are designed to help counteract common stereotypes about victims and offenders.

(b) Parent and school staff workshops presented prior to the presentation of children’s workshops, which include information and training concerning all of the following:

(1) Physical and behavioral indicators of abuse.

(2)  Postworkshop session techniques.

(3) Community resources.

(4) Rights and responsibilities regarding reporting.

(5) School district procedures to facilitate reporting and apprise supervisors and administrators of reports.

(6) Caring for a child’s needs after a report is made.

(c) Children’s workshops shall contain information and training concerning all of the following:

(1) The right of every child to live free of abuse.

(2) How to disclose incidents of abuse.

(3) The availability of support resources and how to obtain help.

(4) Child safety training and age-appropriate self-defense techniques.

(5) A period for postworkshop sessions in a school setting which maximizes the child’s privacy and sense of safety and provide a period of time following each child’s workshop, or a reasonable time thereafter, for any child who on a voluntary basis may want to individually talk with classroom presenters. Reports and referrals to appropriate child protective services agencies shall be made pursuant to state law. These sessions shall not provide any therapy or other forms of treatment.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 920, Sec. 1. Effective September 22, 1987.)

18976.1.
  

For the purposes of program effectiveness, it is the intent of the Legislature that children’s workshops, in general, be delivered to classroom-size, or smaller, groups of children. It is further the intent of the Legislature that, in general, when services are delivered to a particular school, they be delivered throughout the school as a whole, with the exception that services may be delivered to kindergarten or special education classes, without necessarily delivering services to the entire school.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 134, Sec. 7. Effective July 1, 1985.)

18976.5.
  

Parents shall be given notice of, and may refuse to have their children participate in, a primary prevention program.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 134, Sec. 8. Effective July 1, 1985.)

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