What is a Forensic Interview?
A forensic interview of a child is a developmentally sensitive and legally sound method of gathering factual information regarding allegations of abuse or exposure to violence. This interview is conducted by a competently trained, neutral professional utilizing research and practice-informed techniques as part of a larger investigative process.
The Purpose of a Forensic Interview
The purpose of a forensic interview is to minimize the number of people who directly interview a child. Forensic interviews are designed to elicit information about what a child has experienced or witnessed. If abuse is disclosed, the interview is used to gather details about their victimization. Department of Child Safety investigators and law enforcement observe the interviews to assist them in their investigations.
The forensic interview is conducted in the child’s primary language, whenever possible. When we are unable to conduct a forensic interview in a child’s primary language, an interpreter will assist. This process also allows the parent/caregiver to meet all of the professionals involved with their child and provides an opportunity to ask questions.