8, No. 1
and Child Welfare
The forensic interview,
a technique used to obtain a statement from a child in an objective,
developmentally sensitive, and legally defensible manner, often
plays a key role in child maltreatment investigations.
If you do not already
have a clear grasp of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of
forensic interviewing, this issue of Practice Notes is a
good place to start.
If you are familiar
with forensic interviewing, you may have questions about how this
techniquewhich can seem so adversarial, given its focus on
collecting court-worthy evidencefits with the emphasis North
Carolina puts on family-centered practice. This issue of the newsletter
will also help you explore these concerns so that you can enhance
your work with families.