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Child Death Investigations

August 21, 2023 - August 22, 2023

Child death investigations

Because communication is key to any death investigation, this training has a focus on interdisciplinary approaches and collabo-ration. Professionals from a variety of agencies are encouraged to attend.

With every state in the country now having some type of child fatality review system in place, the process by which child death cases are handled and investigated is under immense scrutiny. Every agency having a role in a child death investigation must be prepared to have their involvement analyzed from beginning to end.
Communication is the number one reason agencies identify as a system issue in many investigations. Unfortunately, it is an issue that can permeate and wreak havoc at any stage of an investigation.

This program addresses child deaths from an interdisciplinary perspective. This approach provides all agencies the necessary information to not only investigate and gather information but to understand and appreciate the details and collaboration required in order to make a final determination of cause and manner of death.
Students will be provided with a copy of Lisa Mayhew’s book, “Child Death Investigations: Interdisciplinary Techniques from Cradle to Court.”

Topics include
• The pathological aspects of cause of death. What is SIDS anyway?
• Why are infants so complicated?
• Court issues—Now that we are here, what is going to happen?
• Reconstructions
• Interviewing families.

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