3.1 Minimal Facts to Protect the Forensic Interview

Minimal Facts to Protect the Forensic Interview

  • Minimal facts questioning preserves a forensic interview which is standard practice for minors that are experience sexual, physical, or witnessed trauma.
  • A forensic interview is:
    • Child-centered, neutral, fact-finding, non-suggestive interview.
    • For children 3-17 or adults with developmental disabilities *child has to be able to answer questions and carry-on conversation.
    • Limited knowledge interviews.
    • Recorded on DVD.
    • Conducted by child advocacy social workers certified in forensic interviewing.
    • Observed by the assigned CPS, Social Worker, and Detective.
    • Caregivers/parents do not observe.
Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2023)
Gov, O., et al., (2015)