Collaborative Teams: From Report to Court and Beyond

When a child abuse or maltreatment report is made, the clock starts ticking. Under the new 24-hour mandate in Minnesota, enacted in 2018, child protection agencies must screen and see a child within one day of receipt when there is imminent danger (defined in state statute as a threat of “…immediate and present maltreatment that is life threatening or likely to result in abandonment, sexual abuse, or serious physical injury.”) State guidance strongly encourages multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) to participate in this process.

For teams with high caseloads and limited resources, this requirement can pose a challenge. How can child protection workers meet the mandate and consult with other team members effectively? This can be especially difficult when a call is received on the weekend or over a holiday when staff capacity might be particularly limited.

Helping Teams Work Together, Better

This year’s Stand Against Child Abuse Conference theme is Building Teams for Hope and Healing and it is a call for all of us in the field. We are featuring sessions that center on the needs of children and adolescents, and also highlight practical skills to improve team coordination and collaboration.

Top Picks for Team Collaboration

Session: Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: When to Suspect and What to Do

Presenter: Margaret Volz, MN, CPNP, Otto Bremer Trust, Center for Safe and Healthy Children

The Rundown: When investigating a report of physical abuse, learn the timing and components of medical exams, spot “sentinel injuries” in young children, and identify cases that are often missed.


Session: What Can My MDT Do When Cases of Child Sex Trafficking or Sexual Exploitation Come In?

Presenter: Sarah Ladd, JD Esquire, Minnesota Department of Human Services

The Rundown: Gain team-based skills in responding to child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in your community, including protocol development to guide efforts. This session is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Session: How Do I Defend My Interview in Court?

Presenter: Rita Farrell, ChildFirst® Trainer, Zero Abuse Project

The Rundown: Do your team members conduct forensic interviews? Learn the common challenges raised in the court room and how to best prepare to testify to the validity of your interview.


Even More: Discounts for Teams

One challenge of attending a conference can be putting what you learned into practice when you get home. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide a special discount for teams. We believe that attending the conference as a team helps create a shared foundation and skillset on collaborative responses to child abuse cases.

Register four team members and receive the fifth registration free!

Select “Team Discount” when registering online. All five tickets will appear with a 20% discount (the equivalent of one free registration).

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