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Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Maltreatment

young girl sitting at desk in empty classroom Very few resources are available to child care givers and youth workers to help them fully understand their reporting requirements and role in preventing child abuse and neglect. Photo by Cole Stivers.

Teaches how to recognize, respond to and report possible child maltreatment, helping protect Nevada’s children and youth


Preventing child abuse and neglect was ranked as the second-highest priority in a “Results of a Mailed Survey: Priorities for Elko County” needs assessment published in 2012. Very few resources are available to child care givers and youth workers to help them fully understand their reporting requirements and role in preventing child abuse and neglect. Child care givers, youth workers and volunteers working with children and youth are mandated by state law to complete training on recognizing and reporting suspected child maltreatment within three months of beginning employment, as well as to report suspicions of child abuse.

Response/What’s Been Done

Extension created the Keeping Kids Safe Program to teach those working with youth or providing child care how to recognize, respond to and report possible child maltreatment to protect children and youth, and help child care providers comply with state regulations. In 2005, Extension developed a curriculum, Kids Deserve a Safe Place to Grow: What child care providers can do about child abuse and neglect, and has taught a training based on it many times.

In 2017, it was taught five times in Elko, Humboldt and Nye counties. Clark County offered it online, reaching 1,588 providers, and also trained 36 early childhood trainers to teach it. Program goals are that participants better understand the four types of child maltreatment; how to recognize maltreatment; how, when, where and what to report when one suspects maltreatment; how to respond when a child discloses abuse; program policies to protect children and staff; and caregivers’ responsibilities and rights related to maltreatment.

Results/Impact and Partners

Since 2013 in Elko County, 184 adults and 26 youth completed the training and showed a significant increase in awareness and confidence in how to recognize, respond to and report child maltreatment. Also since 2013, 804 adults completed in-person trainings in Clark County, and 2,191 completed the online training.

Program impact in Elko, Humboldt and Nye Counties was measured by a 15-question pre- and post-test questionnaire. Participants rated statements 1 to 5, with 1 as No Confidence and 5 as Complete Confidence, or with 1 as Not At All Aware and 5 as Very Aware. Post-test scores for the 59 participants in 2017 ranged from 4.49 to 4.98, and gains over the pre-test ranged from 0.28 to 1.50. Results of the post-program survey show the following scores and improvements compared to the pre-program survey:

  • 4.55, a 47 percent increase in confidence in recognizing indicators of child abuse and/or neglect of a child
  • 4.51, a 54 percent increase in confidence in being able to make a report of suspected child abuse and/or neglect of a child

Some participants’ comments when asked, “How can we improve this training?” included:

  • This presenter is awesome! This was one of the best presenters I’ve seen. Interaction was great.
  • Although the topic of the presentation was no fun, I learned a lot. I was very impressed by your ability to make the presentation not only palatable, but also interesting.

In Clark, participants must get a 100 percent on the final test to pass the online course, and 1,588 did so in 2017.

The community and nonprofit partner, The Children’s Cabinet, continues to see this as a necessary and valued program in Elko County.



Clark County participants educated in 2017


Elko County youth and adults educated since 2013

“Thank you for conducting this training. It is so very important that our volunteers receive accurate knowledge in this area! Your training was excellent! We had some very good discussion going on last night in our room.”

— Sharon Barton, Humboldt County 4-H Program coordinator (Five volunteers and the coordinator attended the training via interactive video.)


  • Elko County - Jill Baker-Tingey, Elko County Extension Educator, 775-738-1721
  • Clark County - Teresa Byington, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Development Specialist, 702-222-3130

Programs Program Information

Capacity Building for Healthy Communities

Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission to have a positive impact on communities. Strategic thinking, visioning, action planning, and board development are capacity building activities.

Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money

Nevada agriculture specialists have taken the traditional producer coffee-shop discussions into cyberspace. Cooperative Extension’s coffee shop is a national subscription email designed to provide a two-way communication network for livestock producers. The question-and-answer service provides answers to livestock production and marketing questions.

Collaborative Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship (CRS) efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS) is a compilation of evidence-based engagement and assessment tools that is used to audit and map community environmental features that support and/or hinder healthful eating and physical activity among community members. The MAPPS method integrates photography, participatory community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community-based participatory research to document attributes of the rural community environment that are perceived by residents as obesity preventing or promoting and assess the local resources and readiness to implement community-level obesity prevention strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among children and their families.

Heart & Shield: Rural Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Young girls making collages with magazine pictures

Integrated Pest Management

Nevada Department of Agriculture’s records show the use of traditional pesticides continues to increase in the state. Nevada’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program helps agricultural producers, land managers; pest control operators, homeowners and other pest managers learn about and use alternative pest management strategies in a variety of environments and settings.

Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Maltreatment

young girl sitting at desk in empty classroom

Nevada Range Management School

This University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program integrates sound science, collaboration and common sense to put public agency land managers, livestock permittees and other land users on the same page in terms of the range resource. It includes topics such as animal nutrition as related to range management.

Noxious Weed Control and Awareness Education

Noxious and invasive weeds are widespread throughout Nevada. They threaten agricultural and rangeland productivity. Rural counties are susceptible to significant adverse economic damage. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension education programs help individuals and weed control organization reduce the abundance of noxious weeds.

Project MAGIC

Project MAGIC is an innovative, collaborative program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society. While participating in the program, young people ages 12 to 18 learn: positive communication skills, team building, problem solving and decision making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration building and goal setting. Youth also select and conduct a service project designed to benefit their community. Parent sessions include the same life skills.

Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Sustainable Agricultural Practices

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of IPM practices in Nevada.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Herds and Harvest
Integrated Riparian Management/Creeks and Communities
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Stronger Economies Together
Weed Prevention and Management
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals