Webinar presenter Dr. Chris Jones answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Importance of Law Enforcement Recognition and Intervention. Here are just a few of his responses.
Audience Question: Where or does verbal and emotional support play into ACEs?
Dr. Chris Jones: Oh my gosh, that’s paramount. We just talked about the serve and return concept and a lot of times, especially as children, they are going to act out. The basis of their acting out is going to be that they need some sort of support or help in a certain situation. Either little Johnny stole a toy and they’re mad and furious about it, or they scratch their knees and got a booboo or whatever and they, they want them consoling. Or, even later on in life. And I should have said in the presentation, and I’m sorry, but this survey is directed at kids from 0 to 17 years old. Now, the actual survey was given to adults based on their previous experiences, but kids later on in life, when they’re having relationship issues, when they’re having testing issues or academic issues, or, you know, when they have the female issues, when they start their period, they need support and how to go about that. In homes where there is abuse or neglect, they don’t get that return. They don’t get that moral support. They don’t get that guidance for directions, so the short answer would be that is paramount when it comes to ACEs and dealing with childhood trauma.
Audience Question: If you know anything about how privacy is handled or how privacy is addressed with that Handle with Care program? A number of people said it sounded fantastic, but we’re concerned about how privacy is handled with that program, especially in smaller communities. Chris, do you have any knowledge of how that’s addressed?
Dr. Chris Jones: Yeah, and that’s one reason where I tried to emphasize the confidentiality of the document. So, that would have to be listed in an MOU between the law enforcement agency and the childcare or the schools specifically. And it would be something where you would have to have an agreement, that says all of the information that is shared is confidential. And to my knowledge, nothing else is shared other than, as I mentioned, Sally, let’s say Sally was in that domestic disturbance, the night before, the only information that the school got was “Handle Sally with care”. It doesn’t necessarily say that Sally’s dad was arrested for abusing Sally’s mom or given any great details of the incident because they’re just not going to mainly because they’re still under investigation until there’s been a hearing and conviction or acquittal or whatever. So, the only information typically that they’ll share would be “Handle Sally with care,” but again, it needs to be outlined in an MOU between the law enforcement agency and the school or the childcare agency. And if you’d like to e-mail me about that, I will reach out, again. I do want to thank Commander Tommy Wagner or for getting me that info, but I can give you more specifics on that if you all would like to reach out to me.
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