Medical facilities across state to win the award child abuse, it's something that many people don't think they'll run into when they're choosing a career..
But it's a problem that comes up in many areas..
Our rylie livingston takes a look at a new program dedicated to training not only social workers but professionals in many fields how to identify and deal with abuse.
She joins us in the studio with more.
Mississippi finds itself at the bottom many lists, but now it finds itself at the top of one for a good thing.... child advocacy studies.
Child advocacy studies... cast for short, is a new program designed to help professionals recognize and report possible child abuse cases, and it is quickly taking hold across the state..
"we have 27 schools that hav joined the cast program and have begun implementing that curriculum even as an option or minors for undergrad and graduate programs so we are super excited the leader in the state for number of colleges that have jumped on board with that."
Brand says the cast program gives students a chance to move out of the classroom, network with the community, and get a hands on learning experience.
"without that collaboratio they wouldn't have an idea of what day today looks like in the field that they are looking at entering as their career choice so it's really important that they are just kind of broaden their awareness i'm not only having the issues facing children but then who all is involved in finding a solution for them."
And it's not just social workers who benefit from cast.
"it's really touching the law enforcement field, first responder fields, the medical professions, teachers.
It takes all of us to recognize child abuse cases report those and then jointly investigate those for the best possible outcome is for the kids that are involved in those traumatic experiences."
The program also has the potential to serve as a national model..
"there are states that ar trying to mic what mississippi is doing and our executive director of children's advocacy center in mississippi is meeting with people in washington dc talking about how this program has really taken shape in our state and yes i do you think it will be about a program that all across the country which is very exciting."
Some of the schools offering cast include mississippi state, mississippi university