Professionals who work in the area of child protection are now better equipped in the area of forensic interviewing in child abuse and neglect.
This after Forty two (42) persons from various government ministries and other organizations completed four days training in Forensic Interviewing in child abuse and neglect on the weekend.
Forensic interview is based on the application of child development theory that is aimed at facilitating the collection of factual information from children and juveniles in a sensitive but legally sound manner that takes into consideration the needs of the child.
According to a release, the use of this method allows interviewers to build trust and confidence in the child who is being engaged in the interview process so as to reduce the anxieties and fears that are often present, especially when dealing with allegations of abuse or exposure to violence within the family setting.
During the course of this training, the participants gained knowledge in physical settings and arrangements for child abuse investigations, investigative process for interviewing child sexual abuse survivors, appropriate communication techniques, among others. The training involved lots of practical work in the area of interviewing a child abuse survivor.
This training is the first of its kind in the OECS, and was funded by the OECS Commission and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
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