This course will be provided by the University of South Carolina Children’s Law Center.
This course will address critical steps to be taken in child physical abuse and neglect investigations for front line investigators and child welfare professionals to include best
practices by addressing red flags present in suspicious child abuse situations and the response
each discipline should make in protecting the child. The training will focus on documenting and
investigating alleged reports of physical abuse, distinguishing between inflicted and accidental
injuries and developing corroborating evidence. The second day will be a practical exercise in
which attendees will work in groups of four or five students each on different physical abuse
scenarios. Students will work through the investigation making decisions about who should be
interviewed or consulted, what evidence should be collected, and decide when there is enough
facts to seek relative or other placement and/or enough probable cause to arrest. If an arrest is
warranted, what charges would be made. Ultimately, the students will prepare an official report
for each group.
Who should attend? Law Enforcement (Investigators, Patrol, & SRO), DSS, First
Responders, and Prosecutors
Continuing Education Credits: This training is expected to be approved by the following:
SC Criminal Justice Academy for 9 hours of continuing education credits for law
SC Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization for 9 hours of CLE
9 general contact hours for Social Workers
9 credit hours for Victim Service Providers
Contact Ms. Bodman via email link at right (email@example.com) to register. Limited to 30 attendees.