VIRTUAL: The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse, Child Fatality, & Child Neglect Cases: Making a Different Together

Training Registration - , | Oct 08, 2020 - Oct 09, 2020

CEU's Available - Yes

The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse, Child Fatality, & Child Neglect Cases:  Making a Different 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 foundational knowledge of the medical aspects and forensic investigative techniques.  Day 2 includes an advanced focus on child death cases including:  natural death, accidental death, homicide, timeline development, and the importance of detailed interviews (with specific questions to ask in child physical abuse) with medical providers, care givers, family members, and First Responders that have a major impact on the case outcome.  The training will wrap up with a  prosecutor experienced in prosecuting serious physical child abuse and child homicides discussing the latest information regarding Abusive Head Trauma, which is the leading cause of death and disability in abused children
1. Medical Aspects of Child Physical 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.

2. 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.

3. Child Death Cases-Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide: A discussion with case studies showing the importance of the scene investigation in the determination of a natural/accidental death vs. homicide.  Participants will be provided with specific examples of findings at the scene of a natural or accidental death, compared to a homicide.  The importance of the First Responder in reaching an accurate finding will be discussed.
4. Forensic Pathology of Child Physical Abuse: A discussion with case studies showing the impact of child abuse and its many forms, with emphasis on using the 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation© to properly plan, evaluate, and investigate the case.  The value of consultations with experienced professionals and utilizing visuals and other demonstrative evidence to aid in determining the mechanism of injury using the present state of medical science.
5. Timeline Development – A Visual Tool to Prove Your Case: 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.

6. Interviews in Child Physical Abuse – Details, Dos, & Don’ts : 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.

7. Putting the Strong Legal Case Together-The Devil is in the Details:  This module provides participants with training on how to successfully build the legal case using the 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation with an emphasis on interviews of caregivers, First Responders, and medical practitioners and the case timeline.  A case study will be used to show how using these techniques build the most complicated case successfully.
Note:  Faculty and modules are subject to change
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.  
CEU’s AVAILABLE:   TCOLE,  Social Work.   Please contact Ron Kunz for other CEU information.          
Questions:  Contact Ron Kunz     or 817-882-8686   

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