The IACP and Yale, with support from OJJDP, have launched the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement which 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 resource contains tools organized in four types:
- Chief’s Briefing on Children Exposed to Violence
- The Officer’s Role in Responding to Traumatized Children
- 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
- Organizational Self-Assessment Tool and Action Planning Tool
- 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
Law enforcement and mental health providers working with law enforcement may request hardcopy toolkits here.