4R's of Child Abuse

Forensic Interview

The interview process should be thorough, but nonthreatening. A primary concern should be the child’s physical and emotional state. The interviewer should approach the child in a calm, friendly and unhurried manner. If possible, the interview should be initiated with some general questions to help the interviewer ascertain the child’s developmental age and to help the child feel comfortable with the interviewer. Examples of some questions include, “What school do you go to? Do you have a nickname? How old are you?” Language should be simple and appropriate to the developmental age of the child.

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