Human Trafficking Screening Tool

In 2014, the Florida Legislature enhanced services and provisions for commercially sexually exploited children with the passage of Ch. 2014-161, Laws of Florida that further expanded upon the tenants set forth in the Florida Safe Harbor Act of 2012. A key provision of the new law included that the Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Justice, develop a set of instruments to better identify, assess the needs of, and placement of these children. In 2015, DCF developed a Human Trafficking Screening Tool and after piloting its use, it was implemented statewide in January 2016. Completion of this 8-hour training certifies Child Protective Investigators with a screener status of “designated specialized screeners”. CPIs must also complete one hour of human trafficking related training per quarter. In its 2016 report, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability recommended that the Department of Children and Families gather systematic feedback from users about the screening instrument and validate the Tool when sufficient data and support became available. The Department of Children and Families partnered with the Institute to complete a review of the tool and make recommendations for its improvement. Next steps include continued collaboration to assess the reliability and validity of the Tool.



Published Materials

Human Trafficking Screening Tool Survey Data Report Summary

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