Investigations in Cases of Suspected Child Maltreatment

This 2-part virtual training is for professionals who respond to cases of suspected child maltreatment. This includes law enforcement, Initial Assessment workers, and Child Protective Services staff. Participants will learn effective strategies for questioning children while avoiding duplicative interviewing, and how to efficiently refer the child for a forensic interview. Participants will also learn how to work resourcefully within a multidisciplinary team.

As a result of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Apply developmentally and culturally appropriate techniques in minimal facts interviews of children who are alleged as victims and/or witnesses of abuse and/or violence;
  • Employ questioning strategies that maximize accurate information from children and minimize trauma without compromising the investigation or forensic interview;
  • and implement a multidisciplinary approach to child maltreatment investigations that adheres to best practice

Please note: This is not a forensic interview training. We recommend all investigators that conduct forensic interviews attend a 32-hour training, engage in peer review at least quarterly, and receive additional ongoing training.