Investigator’s Training

In 2003, Promises2Kids (then known as Child Abuse Prevention Foundation) along with local law enforcement and child protection agencies identified a need for a multi-disciplinary training in the field of child abuse. Investigator’s Training was developed to teach agencies how to work together in identifying, investigating and prosecuting child abuse.  Today, through community collaboration and advancements in community services, multi-disciplinary training has now become embedded into many agency training protocols. This training ensures that allied agencies provide sensitive, cohesive services and programs for abused and neglected children and no child is re-victimized by a system that was designed to help them.

Promises2Kids with the help of its community partners, continues to provide support to this important community collaboration by hosting advanced trainings as well as providing support for quarterly lunchtime trainings and the Annual Investigator’s Institute Training held as part of the Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment.

Semi Annual trainings include:

  • Physical Indications of Child Abuse (PICA)  – a two day training reviewing topics of what indicates abuse, when is abuse not likely, where do injuries occur, controversies and alternate theories and what a physician can say about abuse in court.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team Trainings (MDT) – a one day critical training designed for all team members tasked with investigation, treatment and/or prosecution of child abuse. *Especially recommended for new team members with one year or less of experience who have not previously received MDT child abuse training. These trainings address – building and sustaining effective teams, first responder coordination, specialized interviews and exams, understanding legal parameters of W & I Code and Penal Code, and understanding the impact of trauma on children and the multi-disciplinary team as a whole.

Quarterly Annual trainings include:

  • Child Protection Team Lunch Time Trainings (CPT) – one-hour trainings on child abuse topics of interest identified by the San Diego County Child Protection Management Team.

Did you know:

  • 5 children die every day in the United States as a result of child abuse or neglect.
  • Each day 12 more children need out-of-home placement in San Diego County due to abuse and neglect.
  • The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion.
  • 30% of abused and neglected children will later go on to abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • Over 50% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on the death certificate.

This important work could not be done without the support of our generous individual, community and corporate donors. Help provide training and support for professionals working on behalf of children by donating today. Together, we can create a brighter future for foster children.