Assessing Child Abuse and Neglect in Afterhours

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This session orients participants to the definitions of child abuse and neglect in Washington state, as well as practical guidance and considerations specific to how you might identify and respond to various types of child maltreatment. Policy and practical considerations for photographing injuries and conditions in children are reviewed. We briefly discuss forensic interviewing, child advocacy centers, and how to respond to a spontaneous disclosure of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse. We review indicators and dynamics of child torture and distinguishing these dynamics from those more common with malnutrition or failure to thrive cases. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the importance of collaboration with community partners, particularly medical professionals and law enforcement.

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Social Workers

Audience Description

Staff newly hired into afterhours or those in afterhours who have not participated in training.

Dates and Locations

External Registration Required
January 29, 2018 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Michelle Cutlip, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare ExcellenceAmanda White, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Spokane DCFS Office 1313 N Atlantic St STE 2000 Spokane WA 99201, Room 265 Map

This training can be accessed by videoconference from any CA location with videoconferencing equipment. Participants may also join one of the two trainers in person at the Spokane DCFS office. Participants and their supervisors are responsible to reserve a room with videoconference equipment and ensure the participant can access this room and knows how to log onto the videoconference system. Local office IT support can assist with this if needed.

Registration Instructions

DSHS CA Workforce: Please register directly in the LMS:

Maestro Course Code: 110514

Tribal Members, CWTAP Students, and new CA hires who don’t have LMS access: Please register using this form