In cases of child sexual abuse, the Cece Yara Foundation provides child forensic interviews in order to assist the Police to obtain and gather critical and valuable evidence based on the child’s experience. We understand that most children are traumatised through victimization or stigmatisation and may not be emotionally prepared to serve as a witness in court – possibly out of fear of the alleged perpetrator, fear that their families or professionals will not believe them, or fear of the judicial system itself.
When a concern arises that a child has endured sexual abuse, a forensic interview is the best way to gather information about the allegation. A forensic interview is an objective, non-leading, legally defensible and age-appropriate, information-gathering process. Forensic interviews reduce trauma experienced by children by reducing the number of times they have to talk about what happened to them.
Unless a child is too young to talk, his or her experience at the Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre will begin with a Forensic Interview. The interview is conducted by someone trained in latest forensic interviewing techniques, child development and linguistics, and will take place in one of our age-appropriate interview rooms. The interview will be permanently recorded and observed by law enforcement or child protective services investigators who are part of the Child Advocacy Centre multidisciplinary team. This allows investigators who are assigned to help your family, ask the forensic interviewer additional questions that can clarify information and reduce the times a child will have to be interviewed. As a result, all members of a multidisciplinary team obtain the information needed to proceed on behalf of the child.