Finding words : interviewing and preparing children for court [Training manual].
Ohio Child and Elder Protection Section. American Prosecutors Research Institute. National Child Protection Training Center. American Prosecutors Research Institute. National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. Center for Child and Family Advocacy. CornerHouse.
Publication Information: Alexandria, VA: American Prosecutors Research Institute.
Available from: American Prosecutors Research Institute
99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sponsoring Organization: Children's Bureau
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This training manual is designed to be used for Ohio child abuse professionals attending a conference on interviewing children and preparing for a child abuse court cases. It includes a 5-day training curriculum that addresses the following areas: effective interviewing, including principles of interviewing, types of child sexual abuse interviews, and videotaping; how children experience sexual abuse, including the dynamics of child sexual abuse, the experiences of incest victims, and victim responses to child sexual abuse; diversity issues and the interview process, and strategies for interviewing minority children; process of disclosures, including types of disclosure, stages of disclosure, and characteristics of tentative disclosure; using age-appropriate guidelines to question children; the process of inquiry, including question types, expected verbal responses, and factors that impact questioning; the CornerHouse Forensic Interview Process that includes techniques for rapport, anatomy identification, touch inquiry, abuse scenario, and closure; anatomical dolls and reasons to use anatomical dolls; blocks and problems in the interview process, including types of blocks, block removal techniques, problems in interviewing, and reasons to end an interview; child development; hearsay and the child victim; corroboration; suggestibility; preparing the child witness for court; and testifying in court. Additional information is provided for course review, as well as supplemental materials. A list of required reading follows most sections. The manual closes with a collection of media articles on child abuse court cases.
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