ChildFirst (Archives)

March 22, 2012

Spring 2012 Issue: Modifications to the CornerHouse Forensic Interview Protocol: RATAC® for Physical Abuse Interviews

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
July 22, 2011

Summer 2011 Issue: Don’t go Fishing…Does Having Intake Information Prior to the Interview Affect Our Questions?

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.
March 22, 2011

Spring 2011 Issue: Talking with Teens….Is that in my Job Description?

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.
October 22, 2009

Fall 2009 Issue: Therapy Animals Helping Traumatized Children

Like most pet owners, I have experienced how therapeutic a pet’s unconditional love can be during times of stress. It has not surprised me, therefore, to see many organizations, counselors and health care professionals formally recognize this.
March 23, 2009

Spring 2009 Issue: A Forensic Interviewer’s Perspective on Digital Recording of Children

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.