Clearfield, PA – First responders took time out of their busy schedules to learn what to do whenever a child tells them that he or she is being abused.

More than 50 first responders and other professionals who work directly with kids were trained recently by the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs and the Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County on how to talk with the child so they get the information that is needed while not causing any more trauma and not asking any leading questions.

The training was designed by the PA Chapter of CACs &MDTs to help counties throughout Pennsylvania better understand the importance of having a trained professional conduct the Minimal Facts Interview of a child.

Minimal Facts Interviews conducted by trained professionals help to protect disclosure, avoid interview duplication, reduce trauma, reduce taint, protect evidence, and ensure Best Practice interventions for alleged child abuse victims.

People were there from Lawrence Township Police Department, Clearfield Borough Police Department, State Police- Troop C, Sandy Township Police Department, Clearfield County Children, Youth, and Family Services, CenClear, Clearfield County League on Social Services, Community Action Inc., The Crossroads Project, PASSAGES, Inc., Clearfield County Victim Witness, Glendale School District, and Safe Haven.

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