A verbal child is provided a one-on-one interview to obtain accurate information. This is provided considering the cognitive development and emotional needs of the child by a trained interviewer. The interview is monitoried by those professionals involved in the investigation. Information is also obtained from the caregiver accompanhying the child prior to the interview.
TEDI BEAR's forensic interviewers are trained to understand how children of different ages think, feel, and communicate. The interview takes place in a comfortable, child-friendly room that contains drawing materials and other materials to help the child describe his or her experiences.
Also, the interview is recorded so that the child will not be required to unnecessarily revisit memories of abuse as the evaluation moves forward. This helps to reduce the distress that families often experience.
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