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Professor Jacquelyn McCroskey writes in +The Huffington Post: "While it's the job of CPS to determine when maltreatment occurs and to respond accordingly, it's everyone's job to prevent child abuse and maltreatment before it happens. It's an enormous task, but one well worth doing for the future of L.A.'s children."
While it's the job of CPS to determine when maltreatment occurs and to respond accordingly, it's everyone's job to prevent child abuse and maltreatment before it happens. It's an enormous task, but one well worth doing for the future of L.A.'s childr...
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"Attitudes toward poverty have changed dramatically over the past 20 years, with many more Americans attributing poverty to external forces than to the poor. However, this shift is not yet reflected in programs for poor seniors," writes Associated Professor Karen Lincoln, now a regular contributor to the +Wall Street Journal. #povertyinamerica   
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We're proud to announce that our Field Education department has received a $1.4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to train students in specific areas of behavioral health in an effort to address gun violence. This initiative is part of the Obama administration’s Now is the Time plan to reduce incidents of mass shootings.
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Linda S. Spears, vice president for policy, programs and public affairs at the Child Welfare League of America, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Children and Families by Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker. Spears is currently an +MSW@USC student!
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The Children’s Data Network project at the USC School of Social Work has released data showing one in seven children born in California – nearly 15 percent – were reported for suspected abuse or neglect before they were 5 years old, a much higher number than previously realized. #childabuse  
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"Veterans Day is for all Americans to stop and thank those who have, are or will serve to protect the freedoms we enjoy. All schools can and should celebrate Veterans Day whether or not they have any military-connected children. It's not just about having another day off from work. It's about honoring those families that have endured, been resilient and contribute greatly to our society," writes Professor Ron Avi Astor in a +The Huffington Post op-ed.
We can, and should, create schools that are welcoming and supportive of the children who must frequently adapt to new schools, new peer groups and have one or both parents deployed around the globe....
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A group of students gave up their last weekend of summer to take part in an experiment: two days of critical thinking designed to change the way students – and social workers – think about their roles in society. The social innovation lab was part of a new initiative at the school to think in bigger, more creative terms and to turn theory into real-world practice.
Learn more about our new Innovators in Residence program below.
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"The ad is going to grab people's attention because initially they're not gonna be sure what they're listening to and when people aren't sure, they have a tendency to continue to watch until they get to the end," said CarolAnn Peterson, an expert on domestic violence at the USC School of Social Work. "We're hoping it's going to reach enough victims to make them able to feel that there's somebody out there."
The NFL donated airtime for a public service announcement about domestic violence, part of the league's efforts to clean up its act and show it takes the issue seriously.
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The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who sat at a whites-only lunch counter in 1961 were thrown out Wednesday, formally ending one of the key episodes of the civil rights era.
The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who sat at a whites-only lunch counter to ; challenge Southern Jim Crow rules, then chose to serve a month on a chain gang rather than post bail, were thrown out on Wednesday, formally ending one of the key episodes of the civil rights era.
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A recording of a 1965 speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. at UCLA has been found. "This was part of the time when the movement was changing. It was moving I think from the more nonviolent phase to a more militant tradition of black power. And Dr. King's speech at UCLA reflected both the anxiety of some progress and still a great deal of problems with racism in the United States," said UCLA professor of African American studies Paul Von Blum. #MLK  
UCLA grad Derek Bolin salvaged more than 300 speeches given on campus since the 1950s. But the speech given by Martin Luther King Jr took some extra digging to find.
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A new study by Assistant Professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein for the Children’s Data Network shows that one in 20 children in California are victims of substantiated abuse or neglect before they reach their fifth birthday. #childabuse  
Researchers looked at data over a five-year period and focused on children from birth to age five, because they are known to be the most vulnerable to abuse.
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Two of our professors were quoted in this story on the public perception of #Ebola
"People feel vulnerable, and if there isn't clarity about the Ebola protocols, it only augments the fear. There's not a lot of confidence now in the system on the state or the federal level," said professor Judy Axonovitz.
Americans are afraid of Ebola, sometimes panicky. And increasingly, as they behold the national response to the virus, they're simply befuddled.
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As part of one of the world’s leading private research universities, the University of Southern California School of Social Work has been continuously listed among the top accredited social work graduate programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report. With its reputation for educational excellence, cultural diversity and research funding, the school prepares students for leadership roles in public and private organizations that serve individuals, families and communities in need. The school was the first to endow a center for interdisciplinary social work research – the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services – and remains a pioneer in translational research, experiential learning and academic innovation.