CSEC Curriculum Development-Request For Proposals

Project: Seeking experienced consultant to develop curriculum for Investigating Commercial and Sexual Exploitation of Children in the state of PA. Project will include writing curriculum, promoting the curriculum and the need for training state-wide, and delivering the training to Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams. Project will include outreach and intensive work with five specific counties that have expressed interest in enhancing their county’s response to CSEC cases.

Agency: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania (PENNCAC)

Established in 2007, PennCAC is a statewide nonprofit membership association of over 40 individual Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in PA. It is our mission to promote and support the development, growth, and continuation of the multidisciplinary approach and Children’s Advocacy Centers for the protection of Pennsylvania’s children. We do this by providing resources, training, and technical assistance to CACs and their professional partners, by creating greater public awareness about the vital work being done by CACs to stop abuse and help children heal, and by working to improve the delivery of a collaborative model of care in areas where CAC services are limited.

Chris Kirchner, Executive Director

Background: Children’s Advocacy Centers of PA (PENNCAC) is the recipient of two grants from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support development and enhancement of the state’s response to Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) cases. These grants will build on a three-year project that PENNCAC just completed, which provided training to CACs and Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) on identifying and responding to CSEC cases.

This grant proposes to “Create and deliver discipline-specific training to all MDT disciplines, and to address protocols and procedures as well as best practice CAC and MDT responses in CSEC cases. In addition to training, on-going support and coaching will be provided to CACs and MDTs.”

Project Duration: 1/1/22-9/30/23 (21 months with option for 2-month extension)

Project Deliverables:

  1. Development of a curriculum for investigative response to CSEC cases for the following disciplines:
    • Law Enforcement
    • Child Protective Services
    • Prosecution
    • Medical
  2. Development of a curriculum to supplement the investigative response curriculum, providing additional information about CSEC cases beyond investigation.
  3. Successful engagement of CAC and MDT leadership across the state to secure support for discipline-specific training as well as promote increased awareness of the scope of CSEC in Pennsylvania.
  4. In-person training for at least 260 professionals on discipline-specific and general curricula.
  5. Virtual trainings, on discipline-specific and general curricula, for 960 professionals.
  6. Provide support to counties that are interested in enhancing their CSEC response, quantity to be determined by interest.
  7. Work with five identified counties to train at least 300 professionals on the discipline-specific curriculum for responding to CSEC cases.
  8. Work with five counties to:
    • Assess readiness to expand response to CSEC cases
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses of their response
    • Develop CSEC protocols and policies
    • Support implementation of a collaborative response to CSEC cases

Please include the following in your proposal:

  1. CV including educational background and experience of consultant(s)
  2. Consultants’ specific experience, expertise, and background of related to child sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation of children, human trafficking, and child advocacy centers
  3. Consultants’ experience in creating curriculums in general and specifically related to human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children
  4. Consultants’ training and teaching experience, especially regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children, the child advocacy center response, and multidisciplinary team collaboration
  5. Proposed approach to project including timeline
  6. Detailed budget

Consultant Budget:

Curriculum Development and Training- $74,000

On-site training and planning with CACs and MDTs, including 5 identified counties- $ 70,000

*Hourly rates cannot exceed the OJJDP federal per diem of $81.25

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Knowledge and experience with Children’s Advocacy Centers and the Multi-Disciplinary approach to child abuse investigation and response
  • Experience working with commercially and sexually exploited children
  • Overall qualifications and experience of consultants and training team
  • Demonstrated understanding of project goals and deliverables
  • Proposed approach to the project
  • Ability to complete project within schedule and budget
  • Ability to deliver training in person across PA, at locations to be determined

Timeline: Proposals should be submitted by 11/30/21, and a consultant will be chosen by 12/15/21, to begin the project effective 1/1/22. A committee of the Board of Directors of PENNCAC will review proposals and make a selection.

Submit Proposals to: Chris Kirchner, chriskirchner@penncac.org

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