ECISD And Harmony Home Partner To End Child Abuse

ECISD And Harmony Home Partner To End Child Abuse

Odessa, TX (Local big 2 News) - The Ector County Independent School District introduces a new training program to help combat child abuse.
Odessa, TX (Local big 2 News) - The Ector County Independent School District introduces a new training program to help combat child abuse.

"Training an individual like a teacher, a Sunday school teacher, a nurse, a coach, only costs $10-dollars," said Denise Malm, executive director at Harmony Home.

Malm says thanks to a grant, ECISD partners with the children's advocacy center to be trained on looking for the signs of child abuse and child sexual abuse.

"Our rate of children involved in CPS is second in the state," Malm said.

Harmony Home officials say they will be reaching out to all ECISD campuses, offering the Stewards of Children program.

It will give teachers and staff members key signs to look for in children.

"A lot of times a student will be acting out, and you initially think, 'this is a bad kid, or he's just acting out.' And so, when you go through this training, you see, 'hey, there could be something else going on in this child's home that's causing those behaviors," said Scott Randolph, lead social worker at ECISD Community Outreach Center.

Randolph says child abuse can have lasting life-long effects.

"If you train 40 people it affects much more than just the 40 you trained," Randolph said.

ECISD has had a string of alleged inappropriate teacher student relationships, and while this training addresses that too.

"There are specific sections that deal with abuse that happened from teachers or staff to students," Randolph said.

But the training focuses on the five steps every adult needs to know to better protect children from abuse.

"It's an issue that can affect lots more than just that moment in time when it occurs," Malm said.

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