Conference Offers Comprehensive Training on Child Abuse Issues
The 26th National Symposium on Child Abuse

The 26th National Symposium on Child Abuse offered more than 130 training workshops at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL, on March 23–25, 2010. Workshop topic areas included administration, prevention, child protective services, law enforcement, medical and mental health treatment, and victim advocacy. The symposium was organized by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), with the support of OJJDP and other sponsors.

As copresenter at numerous workshops, Ron Laney, Associate Administrator of OJJDP's Child Protection Division, shared information about OJJDP resources and critical issues in the nationwide effort to combat child abuse. Issues discussed at the workshops included:

  • Multidisciplinary responses to child victims of trafficking and prostitution.
  • Internet crimes against children (ICAC) peer-to-peer investigations.
  • Injury reconstruction techniques in cases of child abuse and neglect.
  • The use of evidence in child forensic interviews.
  • Internet protocol-based investigations.
  • Advanced cold-case and long-term mission investigations.
  • The use of technology in suspect interviews and other law enforcement practices.

OJJDP staff provided an overview of the Office's Safe Start Initiative, launched in 1999 to broaden knowledge about and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence. The initiative's Safe Start Center serves as a national resource for information and training to communities implementing these strategies.

Each year, OJJDP financially supports the NCAC conference and coordinates the cooperation and participation of other OJJDP grantees at the symposium, including the ICAC task force program, the AMBER Alert program, the Child Protection Division of Fox Valley Technical College, and many others.