Child protection training held in Winona

WINONA, Minn. (WEAU) -- Children depend on adults as they grow up, and this week, those who work in the child protection field are learning about how to be there for children in some of the worst situations.

People from around the country are at the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University for a three day class.
 
Law enforcement officers, child protection workers and prosecutors are gathered for a class called From Crime Scene to Trial.
 
The center's executive director Amy Russell said the hands on training teaches participants how to handle child abuse, domestic violence and physical abuse cases.
 
“They need education, they need training on what to look for, who to talk to, how to process the crime scenes in order to be able effectively prosecute these cases,” said Russell.
 
Participants were working in groups to go through a mock crime scene in this mock house on Winona State University's campus.

Those who are going through the training said it's important, because in real life you have a lot of people with different roles working together.
 
“You really need to know what the other people are doing so that it can help you prepare your case better and know what their job is, and that by the time you go to trial you've put together a full case,” said Joni Bishop, investigator, Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Kissimmee, FL
 
“How enhance my job basically, how to do my job a little bit better in ensuring the child's safety and ensuring that all of these kids are safe,” said Javier Rosario, investigator, FL Department of Children & Families
 
Training runs until Wednesday.


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