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CWDS Curriculum

Investigation of Child Fatalities Child Protective Services

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Child Protective Services workers who want to enhance their investigation skills of child fatalities

Intended Objectives:

  • To read and evaluate a child fatality vignette, and form an investigative plan
  • To articulate the intervention considerations in physical abuse and neglect cases
  • To demonstrate an effective techniques in suspect interviewing in child fatality cases

Topics Include:

  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Dynamics Involving Surviving Sibs
  • Coordinating Effective Cooperation with other Responsible Agencies
  • Common Natural Causes of Sudden Death in Pediatric Age Group
  • Profiles of Perpetrators
  • Working with Families after the Death
  • Fine Tuning Investigation and Interviewing Skills

Cal SWEC Competencies Addressed:

1.4 Student can develop relationships, obtain information, and communicate in a culturally sensitive way.

3.4 Student conducts effective casework interviews.

3.9 Student uses a variety of methods and strategies to interview and elicit information from children and adolescents that are age appropriate and consistent with social work values and ethics.

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