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NCJ Number: 200976 Find in a Library
Title: Specialized Interview Teams for Children (From Child Abuse and Neglect: Guidelines for Identification, Assessment, and Case Management, P 249-231, 2003, Marilyn Strachan Peterson and Michael Durfee, eds. -- See NCJ-200932)
Author(s): Paula Christian M.S.W; Marilyn Strachan Peterson M.S.W
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses model approaches for specialized interview teams for children in California.
Abstract: Multidisciplinary Interview Teams (MDITs) have been established in many California counties to reduce repetitive interviews of sexually abused children, improve the quality and consistency of child interviews, coordinate the interdisciplinary response to child victims, and improve coordination and case planning between law enforcement agencies and child protective services. A model MDIT approach encompasses developmentally appropriate, forensically defensible questions and methods that are consistent with the age of the child being interviewed and uses interview specialists trained in interviewing children. The model approach should use an interview protocol that is designed to address both law enforcement investigation needs and child protection needs. Any follow-up interviews that are necessary should be conducted by the same interviewer. Interviews should be videotaped and observed through a one-way glass by a deputy district attorney from a child abuse prosecution unit, a detective, and a social worker from child protection services. Arrangements should be made for evidential examinations to be conducted by specially trained medical examiners. Further, there should be follow-up case management and referrals for mental health counseling. This chapter also discusses the organization and staffing for MDITs, as well as the differences between medical interviews and specialized forensic interviews. 1 resource
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Child victims
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