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We offer trainings throughout the year on various topics related to children's law and child well-being. All of our programs are developed by former practitioners with years of experience and expertise in the topic area and are designed to ensure you get the most out of your training experience. Please check back for updates - trainings are added throughout the year.

Upcoming Training Events

Annual Children's Law Conference

Join child-serving professionals from across the state for this annual multidisciplinary conference on various topics related to children’s law.

Best Legal Practices: Guidelines for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

This course provides an overview of the state’s adopted best practice guidelines for handling child abuse and neglect cases.  All DSS, GAL and OID contract attorneys for DSS abuse and neglect cases are required to attend a regional training offered for their circuit. 

The regional trainings will take place on:
April 5, 2019 for Circuits 2, 8, and 11;
 June 21, 2019 for Circuits 3, 5, 12, and 15 ;
August 9, 2019 for Circuits 7, 10, and 13; and 
October 11, 2019 for Circuits 4, 6, and 16.

ChildFirst® South Carolina

Learn the necessary skills to conduct an investigative interview of a suspected child abuse victim in this intensive five-day course. Registration is limited to local teams of professionals who work in a job in which they conduct forensic interviews of suspected child abuse victims, refer children to a children’s advocacy center for a forensic interview as part of a child maltreatment investigation, or defend forensic interviews in court.

Child Homicide - Child Death Investigations

This interactive course is for those tasked with the responsibility of investigating child death/homicide cases and will address the investigation and documentation of sudden infant death syndrome versus suffocation, abusive head trauma, neglect/failure to thrive, and other types of child deaths.

Investigating and Documenting Abusive Head Trauma

The training provides DSS staff with a review of fatal abusive head trauma and the importance of medical and investigative interviews, timelines and re-enactments.

Investigating and Documenting Medical Child Abuse

 This course will give participants an understanding of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy behavior, a checklist of perpetrator characteristics, and suspicious indicators. It will also emphasize the importance of a multi-disciplinary response to include intervention, child protection, and investigation.        

Recognizing and Investigating Child Physical Abuse and Medical Neglect

Frontline investigators and child welfare professionals will learn best practices for the critical steps to be taken in child physical abuse and neglect investigations.

Training of Trainers: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Learn how to deliver the Children’s Law Center’s Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (Mandated Reporter) Training for your agency or organization.

Trauma-Informed Care in South Carolina

Participants will receive training on The Core Competencies of Trauma-Informed Care for Agencies and Organizations in South Carolina That Serve Children, Adolescents, and Their Families. 

Upon Request

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect 

Recognize signs of child abuse and neglect and gain a clearer understanding of reporting requirements.

Online Training

Kid's Law

This power point presentation, designed for youths in a question/answer format, provides an overview of state laws affecting young people in South Carolina. This is a two-part series with Part One addressing general laws and Part Two addressing juvenile delinquency and criminal acts.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This interactive online training is designed to equip mandated reporters with information regarding their role and responsibilities as mandated reporters and to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills in reporting child abuse and neglect.