The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 14: How Do I Interview Older Children and Adolescents about Sexual Abuse?
How Do I Interview Older Children and Adolescents about Sexual Abuse?
Purpose of the Investigative Interview
The primary purpose of interviewing children about possible sexual abuse is to obtain accurate and complete information about whether abuse occurred. The interview is especially important because it is usually the most significant source of information in sexual abuse cases. Decisions about interventions will often be made on the basis of children's statements because definitive medical evidence or witnesses are available in very few situations, and admissions by the accused are uncommon.
The forensic or investigative interview is designed to gather factual information and not to be therapeutic for the child. Therefore, the interviewer must maintain an objective, neutral stance. It ...