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Vol. 8, No. 1
December 2002

Forensic Interviewing 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 technique—which can seem so adversarial, given its focus on collecting court-worthy evidence—fits 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.


The Connection with Family-Centered Practice

What Is Forensic Interviewing?

How to Be Family-Centered While Investigating "Tough" Cases

Conducting Forensic Interviews

A Continuum of Types of Questions To Be Used in Interviewing Children Alleged to Have Been Sexually Abused

Important Resources Related to Forensic Interviewing in North Carolina

Interagency Protocols

Goals Shared by Professions Involved in Forensic Interviews

Sample Interagency Protocol

The Seven Strategies of North Carolina's Multiple Response System (MRS)

References for this Issue

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