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To train staff to deal with abuse, embattled Illinois Children and Family Services Department turns to lab simulations

from Chicago Sun Times

The troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real. There are dangling and exposed wires, open pill bottles near a sleeping baby and a kitchen strewn with dog feces and cockroaches. But the apartment — with a lifelike infant doll, candles emitting foul smells and plastic insects — actually is part of a new simulation lab to train workers who investigate child abuse claims in Illinois. “Sometimes textbooks, they sugarcoat things,” said Beth Brown of Murphysboro, Illinois, who recently trained at the “dirty apartment.” more

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