The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse, Child Neglect and Child Fatality Cases: Making a Difference Together.

Training Registration - Waco,TX | Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
Knox Hall
100 Texas Ranger Trail

Waco, TX 76706
CEU's Available - Yes


The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse:   Making A Difference Together 

The goal of this training is to provide participants with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of child physical abuse/neglect and forensic investigative techniques, and the tools necessary to investigate, prosecute, and ultimately protect children.
This training is based on a two-day format. Day 1 provides an advanced focus on Child Death Cases: Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide, a foundational knowledge of the medical aspects of child physical abuse, and forensic investigative techniques utilizing The Twelve Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation©. Day 2 picks back up with The Twelve Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation© using case studies to apply the Twelve Elements©.  We then lead into Interviews in Child Physical Abuse: The Devil is in the Details, Timeline Development, and end the day with a prosecutor showing how the multi-disciplinary team impacts the successful legal case.
1.  Child Death Cases:  Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide:  This module shows the importance of the scene investigation in the determination of a natural/accidental death vs. homicide.  Using case studies, participants will be provided with specific examples of scene findings of a natural or accidental death, compared to a homicide.  The importance of the First Responder in reaching an accurate finding will be discussed.

2. Medical Aspects of Child Abuse: This module focuses on the forensic markers of abuse/neglect vs. accidental causes in skin injuries, fractures, abdominal injuries, and head injuries to include symptoms and the timing of when symptoms would begin after an injury. Participants will be provided with information related to the importance of understanding child development and the mechanism of injury in child physical abuse. Information will be provided to participants on what to ask the medical provider and what not to ask the medical provider. 
3. Forensic Investigative Techniques: The 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation© – This module provides participants with detailed training using The 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation© including: established protocol, the multi-disciplinary team, consent, scene investigation & photography, physical evidence, testimonial evidence, electronic/documentary/other evidence, timeline development, scene reconstruction/re-enactment, interrogation, ongoing training, and resources. Case studies will be presented to show the use of these elements and how systematically utilizing these 12 elements results in a thorough investigation leading to the successful outcome of the case.
4. Interviews in Child Physical Abuse/Neglect: The Devil Is in the Details  This module provides participants with training on who should be interviewed in the child physical abuse/neglect case, how to prepare and plan for the interview, what timeframe to focus on, what questions to ask the various members of the multidisciplinary team, and what questions to not ask. The best approach to take with caregivers and specific questions to ask including how much detail is needed to get the critical information to build the successful case. A brief overview of interrogation themes found to be successful in child physical abuse will be covered along with case studies with video examples.
5.Timeline Development: This module provides examples of timelines and focuses on bringing the myriad facts and documents in child physical abuse and child death cases together to form a clear, concise, and thorough visual representation of which caregiver(s) was with the child when the injury(ies) occurred. Case studies will be used to show the process and participants will be given the opportunity to develop a timeline using a case study during the practical exercise.

6. Legal Aspects of Child Physical Abuse: Case Study - The MDT at Work  This module provides participants with trianing on how to successfully build the legal case using the Twelve Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation with an emphasis on interviews of caregivers, First Responders, and medical practioners, completing a thorough scene investigation, and developing a visual timeline.  A case study will be used to show how the multidisciplinary team works together to build the successful legal case.  
Note: Faculty is subject to change due to court/case schedules.
Target Audience: Law Enforcement, First Responders, (EMT, Paramedics, Firefighters) Child Protection Staff, CASA, Forensic Interviewers, ,Mental Health Providers ,Social Workers, Medical Practitioners, Early Childhood Specialists, Teachers and Administrative Professionals,  Prevention Specialists, Advocates, Day Care Directors, Legal Personnel, Domestic Violence Specialists. 
Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
Knox Hall
100 Texas Rangers Trail
Waco, Texas 76706
COST:   $225
CEU’s AVAILABLE:   TCOLE,  Social Work.   Please contact Ron Kunz for other CEU information.   817-882-8686 
Request for refunds for the training must be received via email at no later than December 9 at 5:00 p.m. No refunds provided after this date, but substitutions may be made.
A light breakfast and snack will be provided.
All other meals are on your own.
Questions:  Contact Ron Kunz   or 817-882-8686


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