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​Child Abuse Investigations


For over twenty years, NCJTC of FVTC has been a leader in providing child abuse related courses.  This course is designed to provide participants with up-to- date information on the medical diagnosis of child abuse and neglect; the importance of a team approach in investigating child abuse and neglect; the best practices in conducting forensic interviews with children; the most effective interrogation techniques; seeking out corroborative evidence; managing multiple victim cases; and current legal issues in successfully prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases. 
We have put together an excellent team of multidisciplinary instructors including: 
  • Mark Hudson, MD, a credentialed child abuse pediatrician
  • Jim Sears, Sergeant, a skilled and experienced police investigator
  • Sally Howard, Child Welfare Consultant and an interviewing expert who can update you on the newest trends in forensic interviews
  • Judy Johnston, Esq., a  legal expert that will bring you up to date on the law, strategies and ethics training around child abuse

 Target Audience

The training is intended for social workers, forensic interviewers, police officers, school liaison officers, child protection services workers, EMS workers, pediatric medical personnel and prosecutors.  Continuing education credits will be applied for. This course is intended to be a collaborative approach where students and instructors have the ability to interact and work together. (View Registration fee and lodging options below).

 Training Goals and Objectives

The goals of the Child Abuse Investigations course is to provide participants with the knowledge, understanding, investigative techniques and resources necessary to respond effectively to the unique challenges presented in child abuse cases.

After completion of this training, the participant will be able to:
  • Differentiate between common medical conditions that mimic abuse and actual abusive trauma
  • Understand key issues involving suggestibility in children
  • Be able to improve their ability to reliably collect information from child victims. 
  • Learn about successful techniques in investigating child abuse and techniques including effective interrogation techniques. 
  • Gain an understanding of how current legal issues impact criminal prosecutions.  One hour of ethics training is included in this course.

 Registration, Lodging and Course Information


​The fee for this course is:  $395

This course will last 3.5 days (28 hours)

There will be 5 different training modules.



 Training Schedule