12 Suggestions for Interviewing Children Using a Foreign Language Interpreter.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Migration and Refugee Services.
Published: Winter 2009
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
c/o U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 3211 4th St., NE
Washington, DC 20017
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This brief reviews federal law that requires any agency that receives federal funds to provide services of an equal quality to people who have Limited English Proficiency and provides suggestions for interviewing children using a foreign language interpreter. Suggestions include: arrange for an interpreter in advance, make sure the interpreter is qualified, clarify confidentiality with the interpreter and the child, prepare the interpreter for the subject of the interview, explain your role, set expectations for the interview, connect with the interviewee, demonstrate respect, encourage questions, keep it simple, and take your time. Two programs that illustrate collaboration between refugee resettlement and child welfare agencies are highlighted.
immigrants; interviews; interviewing children; cultural competency