Handle with Care Maryland
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Handle with Care for Schools


  • When a child is exposed to violence or trauma, a law enforcement officer will contact the identified school personnel who will take the initial information.
  • The school personnel will then ensure notification is provided to appropriate teacher(s).
  • Teachers will observe the child’s behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as appropriate.
  • If a child exhibits problems (emotional/behavioral/academic, etc.), the teacher will refer the child to the school counselor.
  • The school counselor will assess the child’s needs to determine if counseling/services are needed and make a recommendation to the parent/guardian.
  • The counselor or social worker will refer the caregiver/child for follow-up services as deemed appropriate.
  • The school will attempt to obtain written consent from the parent/guardian for care providers and school staff to communicate about the best interest of the child.
  • The school is encouraged to provide trauma sensitive training to ALL school employees within a year. A process will be developed to alert appropriate school staff of the child’s exposure to violence.
  • The school will provide space for specialized trauma therapist as needed.
  • The school will designate appropriate staff to attend the Handle with Care Core Team meetings.
  • At least quarterly, key HWC stakeholders will review and evaluate HWC at Core Team meetings and any pertinent data in order to make recommendations for improvement as necessary.