Children face many barriers when disclosing child abuse and maltreatment. Research tells us that even in cases where there is external corroborating evidence children only disclose 42-50% of the time in the formal interview. This training provides guidance on how to address reluctance in the forensic interview process, specifically with regard to the multidisciplinary team response, how to prepare children and families for our process and strategies for the interview.
1. Help forensic interviewers and multidisciplinary teams understand why reluctance occurs and identify factors that contribute to reluctance in cases.
2. Increase understanding of the barriers to disclosure and how to address those dynamics before, during and after the forensic interview process.
3. Provide interview strategies and techniques for addressing reluctance in the forensic interview.