One in Ten

Best of the Best: The Bystander Effect

July 02, 2020 National Children's Alliance / Wendy Walsh Season 2 Episode 13
One in Ten
Best of the Best: The Bystander Effect
Chapters
00:03:30
Why don’t people speak up?
00:07:20
Are people aware they should report suspected abuse?
00:10:52
At the heart of people’s concerns about reporting abuse
00:13:16
Negative perceptions about child protective services
00:17:20
The SHINE Campaign
00:18:50
Research priorities, and barriers to research
00:23:50
Universal mandatory reporting
00:25:34
What needs to change?
00:28:08
Catching kids falling through the cracks
00:30:31
The one takeaway
One in Ten
Best of the Best: The Bystander Effect
Jul 02, 2020 Season 2 Episode 13
National Children's Alliance / Wendy Walsh

We’re taking a short summer break and re-airing several of our most popular episodes that are especially relevant in light of current events. First up: the pandemic. When schools shut down to help slow the spread of the virus, one of the consequences was kids isolated at home, away from the teachers and other professionals who are most likely to spot the signs of abuse and take action. In 2018, more than two-thirds of reports to child abuse hotlines came from people who had contact with kids as part of their job. What’s good for public health isn’t always good for the safety of an individual child. Across the country, reports of abuse dropped dramatically. That doesn’t mean the abuse stopped. It just disappeared behind closed doors. 

That makes it even more crucial that people in the community, like us, speak up when we believe a child is in danger. But, far too often, we hesitate. Before we can persuade our friends and neighbors to report suspected abuse, we have to understand why they don’t. One of our very first guests on One in Ten was Wendy Walsh, of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. We spoke about The Bystander Effect—Why People Don’t Report Child Abuse. Listen again as we explore the issues and the policies and practices that could help us keep children safe. 

Topics in this episode: 

  • Why don’t people speak up? (3:30) 
  • Are people aware they should report suspected abuse? (7:20) 
  • At the heart of people’s concerns about reporting abuse (10:52) 
  • Negative perceptions about child protective services (13:16) 
  • The SHINE Campaign (17:20) 
  • Research priorities, and barriers to research (18:50) 
  • Universal mandatory reporting (23:50) 
  • What needs to change? (25:34) 
  • Catching kids falling through the cracks (28:08) 
  • The one takeaway (30:31) 

Links: 

Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor of sociology at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire  

The statistic about who reports abuse is from Child Maltreatment 2018 at acf.hhs.gov 

Granite State Children’s Alliance, KNOW AND TELL program 

SHINE Campaign on Facebook and on Instagram

For more information about National Children’s Alliance and the work of Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit our website at nationalchildrensalliance.org. And join us on Facebook at One in Ten podcast.

Show Notes Chapter Markers

We’re taking a short summer break and re-airing several of our most popular episodes that are especially relevant in light of current events. First up: the pandemic. When schools shut down to help slow the spread of the virus, one of the consequences was kids isolated at home, away from the teachers and other professionals who are most likely to spot the signs of abuse and take action. In 2018, more than two-thirds of reports to child abuse hotlines came from people who had contact with kids as part of their job. What’s good for public health isn’t always good for the safety of an individual child. Across the country, reports of abuse dropped dramatically. That doesn’t mean the abuse stopped. It just disappeared behind closed doors. 

That makes it even more crucial that people in the community, like us, speak up when we believe a child is in danger. But, far too often, we hesitate. Before we can persuade our friends and neighbors to report suspected abuse, we have to understand why they don’t. One of our very first guests on One in Ten was Wendy Walsh, of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. We spoke about The Bystander Effect—Why People Don’t Report Child Abuse. Listen again as we explore the issues and the policies and practices that could help us keep children safe. 

Topics in this episode: 

  • Why don’t people speak up? (3:30) 
  • Are people aware they should report suspected abuse? (7:20) 
  • At the heart of people’s concerns about reporting abuse (10:52) 
  • Negative perceptions about child protective services (13:16) 
  • The SHINE Campaign (17:20) 
  • Research priorities, and barriers to research (18:50) 
  • Universal mandatory reporting (23:50) 
  • What needs to change? (25:34) 
  • Catching kids falling through the cracks (28:08) 
  • The one takeaway (30:31) 

Links: 

Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor of sociology at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire  

The statistic about who reports abuse is from Child Maltreatment 2018 at acf.hhs.gov 

Granite State Children’s Alliance, KNOW AND TELL program 

SHINE Campaign on Facebook and on Instagram

For more information about National Children’s Alliance and the work of Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit our website at nationalchildrensalliance.org. And join us on Facebook at One in Ten podcast.

Support the show (https://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/donate-now/)

Why don’t people speak up?
Are people aware they should report suspected abuse?
At the heart of people’s concerns about reporting abuse
Negative perceptions about child protective services
The SHINE Campaign
Research priorities, and barriers to research
Universal mandatory reporting
What needs to change?
Catching kids falling through the cracks
The one takeaway