Child Abuse Forensic Interviewer
COMPENSATION: Dependent upon experience.
CLASSIFICATION: FTE HOURS: 40 hours (Monday – Friday) some nights and weekends
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Child Abuse Forensic Interviewer is responsible for conducting forensic interviews with children who are possible victims of abuse and/or assault. The Forensic Interviewer is part of a collaborative team that works together to insure that the child victim is interviewed in an environment that puts his/her comfort first, with the goal being to reduce the number of interviews, lessen the trauma of repeating the story, and to increase prosecution.
TRAVEL: This position requires s travel for court, meetings, trainings, and conferences
Qualification, Skills, Knowledge:
- Experience with child abuse investigations
- Experience in child interviewing techniques (preferred)
- PAAM trained (preferred)
- Working knowledge of dynamics of child abuse and child developmental stages
- Ability to engage children of all ages in interview setting
- Strong organizational skills, ability to work as a team member
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work effectively in complicated and/or crisis situations.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Forensic Interviewer will be responsible for, but duties are not limited to:
- Conduct sensitive and thorough forensic interviews with children who are possible victims of abuse and/or assault
- Orient children to the facility and explain the forensic interviewing process
- Consult with MDT members before, during and after interviews
- Coordinate interview strategies and techniques with team members
- Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
- Testify in court proceedings
- Attend and participate in peer review meetings
- Complete case documentation following an interview
- Complete note-taking, file preparation, case tracking, scheduling CPS and law enforcement involvement, ensure that the protocol is followed
- Conduct post-evaluation debrief sessions with parents/caregivers. Provide pertinent educational materials to family and make recommendations for referrals for appropriate community services
- Document interviews; maintain detailed records of all interviews and statistics
- Assist detectives on assigned cases working with victim’s family
- Assist investigators in interviewing victims and witnesses of other crimes as requested; conduct courtesy interviews for police agencies in other states and for all law enforcement agencies in the county; work with interpreters to gather information from disabled children; interview children and adults who are developmentally delayed and/or physically disabled as requested
- Participate in team case staffing and actively work toward team goals and organizational objectives
- Keep informed on the latest child abuse issues and interviewing techniques; including trainings and continuing education
- Conduct research on these topics as needed and/or requested
- Participate in Medical Evaluation Team meetings
- Flexible schedule. Some nights and weekends may be required.
- Conduct trainings and/or participate in public speaking engagements related to forensic interviewing as requested.
- Other duties as assigned
Duties and Responsibilities as a Weiss Child Advocacy Center (WCAC) Team Member:
- Quality improvement processes: participates in evaluation of individual and team functioning, actively works towards team goals and WCAC objectives.
- Conforms to WCAC policies, procedures and protocols.
- Upholds WCAC mission, vision and values.
- Interacts with all clients, staff and board with high ethics and accountability.
- Accountable to confidentiality and client privacy as set forth by the policies, procedures and protocol for the center.
Additional Relevant Skills and Qualities:
- Ability to work cooperatively with victims, families, MDT team and other community partners
- Organized and relevant
- Use good interpersonal relations skills with community partners and MDT members
- Social media, Microsoft Office, and general database proficient
- Ability to sit at a desk, complete computer work, light lifting
- Ability to deal with sensitive confidential information
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills so as to maintain strong, positive relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
- An ability to work independently and also function effectively as part of a team.