Handle with Care: Ohio

Handle With Care for Schools


  • When a child is exposed to violence or trauma, a law enforcement officer, first responder, or CPS worker will send the HWC notice via the identified method.
  • The superintendent’s office, principal or counselor will then ensure notification is provided to appropriate teacher(s).
  • Teachers will observe child’s behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as appropriate.
  • If 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.
  • School to provide trauma sensitive training to ALL school employees. A process will be developed to alert appropriate school staff of the child’s exposure to violence.
  • School to provide space for on-site mental health services if/when needed.
  • Quarterly Handle With Care Partners Meeting.
      At least quarterly, lead HWC partners will review, evaluate, and make recommendations for improvement as necessary.
    • Law Enforcement & First Responder Leadership
    • School Leadership
    • Mental Health Providers
    • Community Partners – ADAMHS Boards, Educational Service Centers, etc.

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