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Changing Minds: Professional Development for Law Enforcement to Address Children Exposed to Violence and Childhood Trauma Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $788,211)

This program aims to broaden understanding of children’s exposure to violence by individuals, especially law enforcement professionals, and improve their response to children exposed to violence. The selected applicants will work collaboratively with OJJDP through cooperative agreements to continue to strengthen the ability of law enforcement, and associated youth justice professionals, to identify and respond to children and youth who have been exposed to violence and to enhance the extent and impact of the Changing Minds National Public Awareness Campaign on children exposed to violence.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center (Yale), will enhance the understanding of children’s exposure to violence and childhood trauma among leaders and officers within state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and improve their identification of, and response to, these children by delivering comprehensive, expert training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement and their community partners. IACP and Yale will achieve these goals by: (1) implementing a training-of-trainers model to establish a cadre of skilled law enforcement professionals to train others; (2) developing online training courses for law enforcement officers; and (3) building capacity among existing TTA providers to better serve the needs of children and youth exposed to violence. IACP and Yale will meet these goals by drawing on their experience creating and implementing the Protecting and Serving: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence training program and the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement, and in working with diverse stakeholders, other federal agencies and TTA providers, and national professional and expert organizations.


Date Created: September 12, 2017