Frequently Asked Questions
•Child-led and conducted in a way to minimize suggestibility and trauma.
•Observed live by Law Enforcement and/or a case worker from the Department of Housing and Human Services.
•Recorded and handed over as property of Law Enforcement, which can then be submitted as evidence in the investigation.
Give your child permission to talk about what they have disclosed. Be general in what you tell your child (“It’s okay to tell the interviewer what happened to you when you were…”). Do not repeat the details of what they have disclosed and don’t ask any more questions- please let the professionals do all the asking.
Additionally, avoiding certain foods will ensure that a child’s energy level is stable enough to sustain focus during a 30-50 minute interview. Foods to avoid are those with high sugar content (including fruit/fruit juices) and caffeinated beverages.