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Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement
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Author(s): Jessica Foster (Charles County Sheriff's Office, USA)and Amelia Ryan (Police Athletic League of KCMO, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 18
Source title: The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Genevieve Lowry (Bank Street College of Education, USA), Lindsey Murphy (Missouri State University, USA)and Cara Smith (Missouri State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch007


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Child life specialists working with law enforcement are valuable in providing direct support and timely intervention in the community. This chapter discusses the implementation of a child life specialist in the role of a victim services provider including practical applications of interventions and opportunities for further consideration. With additional training on law enforcement basics and criminal justice processes, child life specialists have the expertise necessary to bridge the gap between law enforcement and victims of crime. This chapter also introduces the positive impact of employing Certified Child Life Specialists in the police athletic league setting. It illustrates the importance of the role of child life working in the urban community setting with youth and police officers to help normalize the environment, encourage positive coping techniques, and support and advocate for youth and families' psychosocial needs.

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