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Grant to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, or IHE to develop and implement model training and technical assistance programs to enhance services to victims of child abuse. The program will involve the training of child abuse professionals and improve the prosecution of child abuse cases in court.
The successful applicant will develop and operate a model national training and technical assistance program for child abuse professionals that is developmentally appropriate, trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and, when appropriate, gender specific, to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary investigation and response to child abuse and to improve the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases.
The successful applicant will be responsible for providing training and technical assistance, developing and disseminating publications, and promoting methods to provide project assessment and increase coordination among other VOCA programs. Other VOCA programs include the Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers Program, Children’s Advocacy Centers Membership and Accreditation Program, and Children’s Advocacy Centers Subgrant Program.
Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:
The program’s goal is to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary investigation and prosecution of child abuse. Consistent with the program’s statutory authority, a national organization to which a grant is made shall develop and provide training and technical assistance to improve the prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases.
OJJDP seeks proposals that support efforts to provide information regarding improved child interview techniques, thorough investigative methods, interagency coordination, and effective presentation of evidence in court. It is expected that the training developed will be developmentally appropriate, trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and gender specific, when appropriate.
Additionally, OJJDP seeks to support projects that provide training and technical assistance to facilitate the development and establishment of coordinated multidisciplinary programs that address child maltreatment. The training and technical assistance funded under this solicitation will assist and train community agencies and professionals responding to child abuse in support of those programs. In addition, the grant recipient will be required to coordinate efforts with other VOCA programs (to be identified by OJJDP).
To achieve its goal, OJJDP has established the following objectives for this program:
-Develop training opportunities for multidisciplinary teams of child abuse professionals at the local, state, regional, and national levels. These teams may include but are not limited to law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers, Child Protective Services (CPS) investigators, social workers, and adult and juvenile probation officers.
-Provide technical assistance at the state and local levels for child abuse professionals to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse and to improve the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases.
-Develop publications and resources for child abuse professionals to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse.
-Promote coordination among VOCA programs.
The successful applicant will develop plans for achieving the above objectives by designing and implementing the following activities and deliverables:
-Training sessions (onsite, cross-site, telephone, web based, etc.) for child abuse professionals at the local, state, regional, and national levels. The applicant will propose the topics, types, quantity, duration, audiences, timing, and means of delivery of training sessions; and identify trainers with relevant expertise and audiences with significant need. The applicant will include plans for evaluating training sessions, to include measuring changes in participants’ knowledge, attitude, and behavior.
-Technical assistance at the state and local levels for child abuse professionals that is designed to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse and to improve the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases. Applicants should assess the state of the field and propose criteria for deciding the communities in which to devote project resources.
-Publications and resources designed to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse. The applicant will indicate the topics, types, quantity, audiences, and production schedule for proposed publications; and identify the authors and contributors. The applicant will create a plan to disseminate publications and measure their impact by, at a minimum, collecting data on the number of copies disseminated, the number of times online versions are accessed, and the types of users.
-Training and technical assistance for Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and other child abuse professionals specifically related to working with victims of child sex trafficking.
-Methods to provide ongoing project assessment relating to training and technical assistance efforts.
-Methods to increase coordination among other VOCA programs.
The successful applicant is expected to coordinate its training and technical assistance activities with the previous training and technical assistance provider, VOCA regional CACs, the VOCA Children’s Advocacy Advisory Board (to be established), and all other VOCA grantees, as OJJDP directs.
Specifically, OJJDP will expect the successful applicant to leverage resources by incorporating deliverables previously developed under this program into its training and technical assistance project design. In addition, OJJDP may direct the successful applicant to enhance, disseminate, or build on existing program deliverables.
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The grant will be made for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.
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