What is a Forensic Interview?
A forensic interview is a means of gathering information from a child victim or witness for use in a legal setting. It is a key component of many child protective services investigations.
At the Warren-Washington C.A.R.E. Center forensic interviews are conducted by highly trained professionals. These interviewers are part of a multidisciplinary team investigating the case.
What to expect?
If the child you’re caring for has to be forensically interviewed, you can expect the following:
- You will be greeted by one of our friendly CARE Center Staff and taken into Our Family Waiting Room, where we will ensure that you and your family are comfortable.
- We will introduce you to an advocate who will be there to provide support and accurate information to your family throughout the entire investigation process. This service is of no cost to you.
- We will build a relationship with you and your child to ensure that they feel safe and reassured.
- Our interviewer will then ask your child to step into our interview room and begin the interview.
- Typically, you can expect to be at the CARE Center for 2 hours, however this estimation may run shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.
- Following the completion of our interview, if applicable, we will summarize and provide you with whatever insights we can with the understanding that it is an open investigation.
For parents: Here’s what you need to remember:
- Our goal is to reduce trauma during the investigation process.
- We use an open-ended conversation style
- No expectations or pressure are placed on the child.
- Your child is not in trouble.
- We will respect your child’s voice.
- We address the needs of every case individually and therefore, no set time limit is placed on our process.
- Our methods are forensically sound.