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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.


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; 
October 11, 2019 for Circuits 4, 6, and 16; and
December 3, 2019 for Circuits  1,9, and 14.

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 - Abusive Head Trauma

This training, designed for law enforcement, will include a review of fatal abusive head trauma and address the importance of medical and investigative interviews, timelines, and re-enactments. 

Child Homicide - Crime Scene Documentation

This course addresses the complex and unique challenges presented when a child is found unresponsive.  Documentation, preservation of evidence, re-enactment, 911 tape review, scene photographs, and using such information to corroborate or refute the caretaker’s statement(s) will be covered in this training.

Child Homicide - Child Death Investigations

This training 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. 

Child Homicide - Child Physical Abuse & Neglect Investigation in the Special Needs Population Investigation

Learn how to recognize, investigate, and document abuse and neglect of young children with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Differentiating between accidental and non-accidental injury and the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach will be discussed.

Guidance and Counseling Summer Institute

Designed for school counselors, this 6-day course provides an overview of South Carolina's legal system and laws that affect children.

Special Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Investigations & Prosecution

 Jerri Sites, MA, Regional Training Specialist with the Southern Children’s Advocacy Center will present on the MDT approach to recantation, children with disabilities and special needs, and problematic sexual behavior in youth. A case law update will also be provided.        

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. 

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect 

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

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.