While training, research and discussion in
the area of child abuse investigations and
interviews frequently focus on the forensic
interviews of alleged child victims of sexual
abuse, many of the skills and techniques
utilized in sexual abuse forensic interviews
Over the years, forensic interviewers have debated how much information they need (or want) prior to interviewing a child. Some interviewers want all the intake and case information about the child before
going into the interview and other interviewers want very limited information.
As a forensic interviewer, I know firsthand how difficult it is to sit in a room with a child and conduct a forensic interview. Many challenges can arise during an interview because each child is different, each circumstance is different and each conversation is different.
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Many articles have been written about police interrogations of suspects and recording technology for custodial interviews. However, little has been written about the utilization of recording technology for child forensic interviews.