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Investigation of Multiple Victim Cases

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: This training is intended for line workers investigating cases of suspected maltreatment and supervisors who coordinate or oversee such investigations.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this training, the student will be able to:

  • Identify referrals and/or cases likely to involve multiple victims, multiple offenders, and/or multiple jurisdictions;
  • List the investigation needs and resources needed to effectively investigate such referrals/cases;
  • Design an investigative plan to be used to coordinate such referrals/cases in a multidisciplinary team format;
  • Analyze the information obtained through the investigation in a manner so as to maximize correct decision-making, and facilitate presentations in legal forums.

Topics Include:

  • Concepts of child Abuse Cases
  • “Traditional” Style and “Macro case” style investigations
  • Stages of an Investigation
  • Investigative Team Participants
  • Investigative Interview Design
  •  Components of Effective Planning
  • Post-Investigative Decision Making

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

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

2.3 Student recognizes and accurately identifies physical, emotional, and behavioralindicators of child abuse, child neglect, and child sexual abuse in the child victimsand their families.

2.4 Student gathers, evaluates, and presents pertinent information from informants,case records, and other collateral sources to support or refute an abuse orneglect allegation.

3.13 Student has knowledge of and understands how to work collaboratively withother disciplines that are routinely in child welfare cases.

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