Examine the importance of multidisciplinary team (MDT) case coordination and evidence corroboration in the investigation of child abuse cases. Learn how to evaluate evidentiary findings through crime scene images, interviews and case studies. Understand multidisciplinary team members' roles and responsibilities for protecting child victims and offender prosecution.
Gather up-to-date information for the investigation and prosecution of all types of child abuse cases utilizing a multidisciplinary team(MDT) approach. Learn about medical evidence, interviewing child victims/witnesses and adult suspects/witnesses, along with legal issues involved in the investigation and prosecution of child physical and sexual abuse cases.
Enhance and build knowledge regarding the proper recognition, handling and preservation of evidence. Provide disciplines within the multidisciplinary teams to build stronger cases structured around the recognition, handling and preservation of evidence. Assist members, such as CPS staff, to hear how to handle evidence when Law Enforcement is not involved. Hear the “do’s” and “do not’s” of handling evidence, chain of custody, how to properly store evidence and the importance of documentation. Recognize the importance of courtroom testimony.
Enhance and build knowledge regarding the use of and development of safety plans for victims of child abuse including physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as neglect. Provide disciplines within multi-disciplinary teams to develop plans to help attend to the safety of children who have been subjected to abuse and neglect. Identify the key elements to consider when contemplating or developing a safety plan. Recognize what it means to make a safety plan, who can make a safety plan, be a part of the safety plan, and what, if any, documentation do I need when putting a safety plan in place.
Explore investigative strategies that address the relationship between child sexual abuse and child pornography to supplement an investigation and corroborate victim statements. Gather the right tools and resources to investigate sexual abuse cases and produce the most comprehensive case outcomes. During this training, you will learn about the trauma experienced when child sexual abuse cases involve child pornography.
Explore how different types of evidence can be used in forensic interviews of children in abuse, witnessing violence and exploitation cases. Learn how to present different types of evidence in the context of a child-centered, trauma-informed, and legally defendable forensic interview approach. Practice techniques and develop skills to present different types of evidence in child forensic interviews.
Learn how to utilize the evidence to support the proper conclusion in cases involving the death of a child. Discuss possible causes of death and gain best practices and tips including various investigative steps for first responders to evidence collection, witness and suspect interviews, and medical examination, and legal issues for prosecution.
Join other child-serving professionals to create a plan of action for preventing child sexual abuse of youth in your care. Learn the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, mandated reporter and stakeholder responsibilities. Identify strengths and weaknesses of current prevention practices, and develop an action plan for your organization.
Examine victim, system, and societal perceptions which may pose barriers to a full and complete disclosure of abuse and exploitation. Learn how to define and identify high-risk victims in your community, and about the correlation and commonalities between the chronic runaway, repeat victims of sexual abuse, and the child victimized through sex trafficking. Explore how cultural influences and risk factors unique to children in tribal communities may present additional barriers to identifying victimization. Learn effective, victim centered, investigative interviewing techniques and how to utilize these models in obtaining full disclosures and identifying corroborative evidence.
Learn about the roles of law enforcement, first responders, investigators, and child protective services when investigating the death of a child. Receive an overview of the important investigative tips and information related to the causes of death, and the duties and investigative needs of the medical examiner/coroner. Need a specific date or location? Request this training.