This session will discuss research based best practices for how to interact with families at all steps in the investigative interview process. Presenters will cover what should and should not be included in a pre and post interview meeting with a non-offending caregiver and throughout the on going investigation process. Incorporating the perspectives of law enforcement, advocacy and forensic interviewers, this session will give teams and investigators a better sense of what families may need from investigators through the child abuse investigation process, how to have effective communication with families and will provide tools and sample language for messaging around both common questions and concerns as well as difficult situations.
1. Participants will understand best practices of both information gathering and informing when interfacing with caregivers after a child victims interview is completed.
2. Participants will learn the importance of and how to put into practice pre and post meetings with caregivers when conducting an interview with a child victim.