Threat Assessment is a Community Effort

Threat Assessment

Threat assessment requires educators, counselors, school staff, and legal guardians to work together.

Incidents of theft and violence are on the rise in America’s schools, according to a report conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice. In 2012 alone, students ages 12–18 experienced roughly 1,364,900 nonfatal victimizations at

School (615,600 thefts, 749,200 violent victimizations, and 89,000 serious violent victimizations).

“Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself, and the surrounding community,” the report says.

As a result, schools are investing more and more in security, such as surveillance cameras and security guards. However, these “solutions” are reactive. While they may deter some acts of crime and violence, they are really only useful in resolving incidents that have already happened. The key to reducing violent incidents in schools is threat assessment: recognizing the warning signs of a threat. This actionable knowledge allows educators to take a more proactive approach and stop violent incidents before they happen.

“For parents, school staff, and policymakers to effectively address school crime, they need an accurate understanding of the extent, nature, and context of the problem,” the report says.

Threat Assessment in Schools

Most educators and school staff members are fairly confident in their ability to recognize a threat when it occurs. By this time, however, it may be too late. The wheels, as they say, are already in motion. The key is proactive threat assessment: an analysis of the actions, communications, and specific circumstances that might suggest an individual intends to harm another.

Schools can better train their current teachers, counselors, and other staff members on how to identify potential warning signs and stop violent behavior before it happens. But threat assessment doesn’t stop there.

Threat Assessment is a Community Effort

Threat assessment is not just a job for educators. It’s not just a job for school counselors. It is not even a job just for parents or legal guardians. Threat assessment is a community effort – a team effort. In order to proactively identify the warning signs of a potential incident, educators must work in conjunction with counselors. Counselors must work in conjunction with guardians, and so forth.

“Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence,” the report says.

Threat Assessment Training for Public and Private Schools

Defender, L.L.C. trains educators, school staff, and guardians in behavioral observations and assessments. Our program is focused on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments that will allow you to identify issues that arise during the course of students’ lives and teach techniques to assist in a positive and proactive manner.

Positive interventions and proactive assessments are the best tools for our children’s promising development.

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