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

Sep 09, 2019 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM | Sep 10, 2019 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Training Registration - San Antonio,TX | Sep 09, 2019 to Sep 10, 2019

3730 IH-10 East

San Antonio, TX 78220
CEU's Available - Yes

Brought to you in partnership by - The Shaken Baby Alliance, ChildSafe, Children's Hospital San Antonio, UT Health San Antonio, forensX LLC


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 of child abuse including the clinical pediatric indicators 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.  An overview of the legal aspects of the child physical abuse case is provided by the local District Attorney using case studies to show how each element of the investigation brought to the table by the multidisciplinary team builds a strong case for both civil and criminal attorneys.  
1. Clinical Presentation in Pediatrics:  Indicators of Child abuse and Neglect – Parts 1-3  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. 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.
4.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.
5.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.
6. 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.
7. Legal Aspects of Child Physical Abuse: Case Study - The MDT at Work:  Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) is the leading cause of death and disability for abused children. If one were to read the headlines of various news reports, we might believe that Shaken Baby Syndrome and/or Abusive Head Trauma no longer exists.  As members of the MDT, we see all too often that these headlines are misleading and untruthful as we encounter the innocent victims of child physical abuse.  An experienced  local prosecutor will present a case to highlight the importance of the MDT in successful case outcomes and provide information regarding the current state of medical science about Abusive Head Trauma, and information related to confronting defenses and defense experts using solid investigation skills and trial strategies to confront the partial truths.
Note:  Faculty is subject to change
Target Audience: First Responders, (EMT, Paramedics, Firefighters)  Child Protection Staff, CASA, Child Death Review Team Members, Death Scene Investigators (AMBDI),  Domestic Violence Specialists,  Early Childhood Specialists,  Daycare Directors, Guardian Ad Litem Attorneys, Forensic Interviewers,  Law Enforcement, Mental Health Providers, Legal Personnel, Medical Practitioners,  Prevention Specialists,  Pediatric Dentists, Professionals involved in Child Abuse Cases, Social Workers,  Special Victims Unit, Teachers and Administrators,  Victim Advocates, .  

CEU’s AVAILABLE:  TCOLE, CLE, and SW. Others are pending.    Please contact Ron Kunz for other CEU information. 
3730 IH-10 East 
San Antonio, TX 78220
REGISTRATION SPECIAL:  4 trainees from same agency for $225 each.    Enter Promo Code SA2019 
ChildSafe, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, forensX,  Shaken Baby Alliance, UT Health San Antonio, 
Request for refunds for the training must be received via email at no later than Friday August 30, 2019  at 5:00 p.m. CST.   No refunds provided after this date. 
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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