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protection investigators using experiential learning
through simulations. Simulations provide a safe learning
environment that bridges the gap between policy and
practice, increases worker engagement, and accelerates
(3) Research indicates that traditional classroom
training results in less than a 15% transfer of knowledge
once in the field.
Subject to appropriation, the training efforts of the
Child Protection Training Academy shall include, but not be
limited to, the following:
(1) The continued development of simulation training
for all child protection investigators, including those
newly hired and seasoned investigators.
(2) The continued development and implementation of
simulation training for investigation, intact, and
(3) The development of simulation training for intact
and permanency workers both in the Department and at
(4) The development of simulation-based training
curricula on recognizing and responding to cases of child
abuse or neglect for mandated reporters.
(5) The development of simulation-based training for
multidisciplinary teams in partnership with the
Department, including, but not limited to, the use of mock
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medical and mock forensic facilities.
(6) Cultural competency training for investigative
staff that provides tools and other supports to ensure that
a child welfare provider's response to and engagement with
families and children of color are: (i) conducted or
provided in a manner that is responsive to the beliefs,
interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and behaviors
of the individuals who are receiving services; and (ii)
conducted or provided in a manner that has the greatest
likelihood of ensuring maximum
success of or participation
in the child welfare program or services being provided.
(7) Laboratory training facilities that may include,
but not be limited to, mock houses, mock courtrooms, mock
medical facilities, and mock forensic interview rooms that
allow for simulated, interactive, and intensive training.
(8) Minimum standards of competence that staff shall be
required to demonstrate prior to receiving Child Welfare
Employee Licensure certification from the Department.
(c) By July 1, 2020, the Department of Children and Family
Services may adopt procedures for the administration of the
Child Protection Training Academy that not only establish
statewide competence, assessment, and training standards for
persons providing child welfare services, but that also ensure
that persons who provide child welfare services have the
knowledge, skills, professionalism, and abilities to make
decisions that keep children safe and secure.
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shall continue to arrange for an independent evaluation of the
Child Protection Training Academy through June 2021, inclusive
of the first 5 years of operation. Nothing in this Section
prohibits the Department from administering simulation
training with other entities outside of the University of
Illinois at Springfield. The Department may contract with any
entity to provide all aspects of child welfare training.
This Act takes effect upon