Forensic interviews are conducted in a child-friendly, safe, environment.
A forensic interview is essentially the child's statement of what happened. Forensic interviews are conducted by compassionate, highly educated and experienced Forensic Interviewers who are specially trained in forensic interviewing techniques and have a solid understanding of child development. They use open-ended questions and do not lead children into talking about things that did not happen.
Members of the multi-disciplinary team (law enforcement and child abuse investigators) and CPC staff may observe the interview from another room. The interview is digitally recorded and made available to child abuse investigators and law enforcement professionals thus reducing the number of times children have to recount the abuse. Digitally recording the interviews also preserves the child's statement for legal purposes. The recorded interview may be used in court as evidence; however, it does not replace the child's testimony.
These practices ensure comprehensive and quality interviews while supporting the CPC mission to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of abuse.