Multi-Disciplinary Child Interviews are crucial in child sexual abuse investigations. This course is an introductory course designed to understand the evolution of child interviewing protocols and best practices.
The course provides guidance on the best interviewing techniques, common pitfalls and how to get the most detail out of your interviews while minimizing the victim’s trauma after the abuse. The target audience for this course range from patrol officers who are the first point of contact for abuse victims, to social workers and investigators who are doing more in-depth investigations. Techniques taught in this course will help with all victim interviews, as the techniques have been shown to increase the quality and quantity of the details victims provide. We will also cover how the evidence you collect gets presented to the jury and what additional evidence/investigation can be done to put forth the strongest case. Further, we will examine characteristics of our child molest suspects and types of evidence that you can collect to help the jury understand how he fits into the profiles we know about child molesters. We will also review the elements of the sexual assault crimes and what evidence is needed to prove those elements. We will discuss additional evidence collection and techniques and how those are relayed to the jury to give you a better understanding of the value of that evidence and how it is presented, including the interview of the victim, locating and interviewing past victims for 1108 evidence, fresh complaint witnesses, DNA, SART exams, photographs, and pretext phone calls. Discussed, as well, will be an overview of the Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome to give you an idea of information to seek out in interviews and how that information is interpreted for the jury in connection to CSAAS evidence. And Lastly, we will cover how your investigative techniques and qualifications are best presented to the jury.
The Child/The Beginning Two Stages of the Interview Process:
Stage 1: Rapport Building
Stage 2: Developmental Assessment
The Child: The last Two Stages of the Interview Process
Stage 3: Fact-Finding, The 4 W’s
Development of Fact Finding Skills
Factors Affecting the Interview
Stage 4: Closure/Termination with the Child
Assessing Current Level of Risk
Some Do’s and Don’ts:
Truth of Allegations
Forensic Interviewing of Child Abuse Victims
Interviewing the reporting party
Child Molest – Force
Child Molest – Corroboration
Child Molest – Time Frame
Child Molest – Crimes
Child Molest – Testifying
Child Molest – Testifying as an Expert Witness
Forensic Interviews of Children
The information presented was highly relevant to my job and was presented in a manner that was organized and very easy to digest.
Effective teaching teams! The presentation of the material was consistently interesting, and intelligent without being too intellectualized.
Your training has made the greatest and most direct impact on my assignment of any training class that I've taken.
Instructional style is engaging and highly effective.
I highly recommend this training for any Probation staff who have the necessity to interview/interrogate individuals for investigation purposes.
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This training provided the useful tools necessary for assessing the veracity of a suspected child abuser, which goes a long way in helping to protect children.
Your training gave me the confidence and tools to interview the suspect for over 5 hours and to bring a closure to the case.
This was, by far, one of the most useful training classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.