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Culturally Competent Advocacy with Nonoffending Caregivers

The increasing growth of racial and ethnic communities within our population, each with its own cultural traits and child rearing practices, presents a challenge to child and family advocates when allegations of child sexual abuse arise. The systemic response and the children and their families all bring their individual learned patterns of language and culture which must be understood to ensure the safety of children and provide effective advocacy services. This session will discuss cultural competency in the context of community-based advocacy with the nonoffending caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.

Participants will:

  • Discuss the importance of understanding, valuing, and incorporating the cultural differences of America's diverse population;
  • Understand how advocates can have respectful and healthy conversations with families about their cultural beliefs and practices; and
  • Learn how people and families from differing cultures might respond to child sexual abuse allegations and the systems involved

Date: Mar 1, 2011

Presenter: Amy Russell

Materials & Recordings

Reviewed: July 11th, 2016