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Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (The IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center (Yale), with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has launched the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement. This new toolkit provides practical tools and resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner). This toolkit contains tools targeted to police leaders and frontline officers.

The tools within this toolkit are organized into four types:

  • Informational:
  • - Chief’s Briefing on Children Exposed to Violence
  • - The Officer’s Role in Responding to Traumatized Children
  • Operational Protocols:

- On-Scene Acute Protocol for Children Exposed to Violence

- Protocol for Responding to the Needs of Children at Scenes of Domestic Violence

-Principles and Practices of Death Notification to Children

  • Assessment Tool:

- Organizational Self-Assessment Tool and Action Planning Tool

  • Operational Tools:
  • - Reactions that Police May Observe From Children and Youth
  • - What Traumatic Stress Reactions May Look Like On Scene?
  • - Effective Police Responses to Traumatic Stress in Children of Different Ages
  • -Commonly Asked Questions from Children and Example Police Responses
  • - Common Issues with Caregivers and Police Responses
  • - What To Do When Your Child Is Exposed to Violence – Brochure
  • - Teaching the Tactical Breathing Technique to Children and Parents

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North America - United States

Year Language

2017 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Guide


Assistance, Child, Measures, Police, Programs, Protection


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