• Putting children first
    Detective Joseph Conner with Scott County law enforcement speaks to those attending the ChildFirst workshop about what goes into the invesigation of child abuse cases. (Record Photo)

Putting children first

WKCAC training provides insight into interviewing victims of child abuse

Sex isn’t an easy subject for five-year-old “Anna” to comprehend, let alone share with a stranger.

Sitting across from Anna and asking her to talk about what happened with her uncle is equally difficult for Joseph Dye who is just beginning a new career as a child protection investigator with the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF).

After a week-long training session with abuse victims, and under the watchful eye of forensics interview ex perts, Dye feels much more at ease with knowing how to handle the process.

Dye, and more than 40 other individuals involved in child abuse investigations, were learning or re-learning effective techniques in gaining information from young victims during a Kansas ChildFirst workshop hosted at the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center.

While the program has been around for years, it’s been further developed and refined by WKCAC co-founders Kelly Robbins and David Fyler.


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