Every adult plays an important role in protecting children and helping them recover from traumatic events. Learning how these events affect children (physically, emotionally, and behaviorally) will enable you to better recognize and respond to trauma and victimization and foster resilience in children.

Reporting Abuse/Trauma

Every citizen, whether a mandatory reporter or not, should report suspected abuse. If you suspect any child is being abused, please call the Hotline for your state or area. You DO NOT NEED PROOF that a child has been abused or neglected to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. The authorities will determine if abuse or neglect is occurring. For a list of state reporting hotlines, visit

To learn more, take MBF’s free one-hour professional development course, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect.

MBF Resources

MBF Prevention Education Programs are comprehensive, primary prevention programs for students and youth in grades K-12. The programs are based on polyvictimization research, so one program covers abuse, bullying, exploitation, trafficking, digital dangers, and more. The programs are evidence-based, evidence-informed, trauma-informed, age- and developmentally appropriate, based on prevention best practices and sound theoretical concepts. They are also fun and engaging for youth, easy and practical for schools and organizations, and supported by many experts such as David Finkelhor, Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center, and Erin Merryn of Erin’s Law. 

Let’s Talk About Prevention: Online Learning Series

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children provided a no-cost, online professional development webinar series during the summer of 2020.

These nine recorded one-hour webinars, presented by some of the best subject matter experts in the nation cover Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs), Prevention, Research, Sexual Abuse, Digital Safety, Exploitation, Trafficking, and more.

The webinars are available for anyone to view. Professionals such as school counselors, educators, child advocates, and youth-serving organization staff will benefit by learning new information and strategies to keep children safe. Parents and concerned adults will also learn about child victimization and ways to better protect their children. In addition, below each recording, you will find links that will give you access to resources that were mentioned throughout each session and a certificate of completion.

Other Educator and Parent Resources

MBF also provides additional resources for educators and parents and online trainings on various topics to help protect children and teens.



Other Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has an extensive library of resources to assist school personnel with helping students who have been victims of violence, neglect, bullying and/or abuse. This site also provides information and resources on addition types of trauma not covered in MBF Programs, such as gang violence, community violence, and natural disasters.



CALiO (the Child Abuse Library Online by the National Children’s’ Advocacy Center) is one of the largest professional resource collections available today, providing access to published knowledge, educational materials and resources related to child maltreatment and victimization. CALiO provides a comprehensive collection of research literature, databases, statistical references, how-tos and much more, including a dedicated polyvictimizaiton page and polyvictimization training series.

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