Child Abuse Services

Program Description

Child Abuse Services, in operation since 1984, is designed to ensure that all students will engage in student learning while living in safe home and school environments. It is intended to improve the overall achievement of students through removing them from harmful and stressful circumstances, if necessary, and providing remedial supports for them to achieve academic success. 
The program is responsible for interagency collaboration with the district Department of Children and Families, ChildNet, the Child Protection Team/ Nancy J. Cotterman Sexual Assault Treatment Center, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Section, other law enforcement agencies, the judicial system and community providers Services.

The program provides the following services: 

  •  A self-directed online Child Abuse and Neglect training to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers and other school personnel as they learn indicators of suspected abuse, neglect and abandonment.
  • A specialized training for all school-based Child Abuse and Neglect designees 
  • Case consultation is provided to school-based child abuse designees, school administrators, teachers and other school district staff (including charter schools) who are responsible for mandatory reporting. 

To report child abuse, dial 1-800-96ABUSE 


Laurel E. Thompson, PhD., Director


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Yva Dieudonne, Program Manager
Broward County Public Schools
Child Abuse Program
1400 NW 14th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

 (754) 321-1551
 (754) 321-1694

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