Children's Safe Harbor
A Children's Advocacy Center



Forensic interviewing
When a Child Comes to Children's Safe Harbor

Children's Safe Harbor conducts forensic interviews of children ages 2 to 17, as well as adults with intellectual disabilities.   Forensic interview staff assist partner agencies by conducting specialized interviews of children who are involved in an investigation.  A forensic interview is a developmentally-sensitive and legally sound method of gathering factual information regarding allegations of abuse and/or exposure to violence.  The interview is conducted by a competently-trained, neutral professional utilizing research and practice informed techniques as part of the larger investigative process.   

Partner agencies observe the forensic interview in a separate room as the interview is being conducted.  This allows for a collaborative team approach, therefore protecting the integrity of the information gathered.  A forensic interview enables children to make their disclosures on a video recording, allowing all partner professionals involved in the case to view the taped statements, rather than submitting the child to repeated interviews.  The video recording is the property of the investigating agency.  Children's Safe Harbor does not maintain copies of the forensic interview. 

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