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.
Court preparation is beneficial for the children required to testify in a courtroom. The purpose of a child-witness court preparation program is to assist the child witness in her or his ability to testify truthfully and effectively in a courtroom
In cases of child sexual abuse in which a forensic interview is a critical part of the prosecutor’s case, defense attorneys often call a defense “expert” to critique the child’s statement and the manner in which this evidence was collected
Studies demonstrate that child protection workers, law enforcement officers, forensic interviewers and therapists can experience vicarious trauma (VT) as a result of hearing about traumatic events and helping or wanting to help someone who has suffered trauma