Forensic Interviewer – Bilingual

US Government, Children's Assessment Center

The Forensic Interviewer is primarily responsible of interviewing children alleged to be victims of sexual abuse, exploitation, severe child maltreatment, or witnesses to violent crimes. These children are referred to the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) by either law enforcement or Children’s Protective Services. Forensic interviewers are specially trained to interview children in a supportive, child-friendly, and non-leading way, while the investigators involved view the interview. The interview is digitally recorded to preserve the child’s disclosure and demeanor, minimizing the number of times the child is interviewed.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with investigative case workers and law enforcement officers to ensure a collaborative investigation process.

  • Make every effort to minimize the number of interviews of a child.

  • Coordinate interviews of children with CPS and law enforcement.

  • Maintain flexibility in work schedule due to constraints on partner agencies with priority investigations and emergency situations to ensure provision of services.

  • Gather pertinent information during pre- and post- interview processes to conduct comprehensive interviews.

  • Adjust interviews to fit a child’s developmental needs.

  • Assess child’s verbal and non-verbal communication for signs of abuse.

  • Recall details of a child’s disclosure in order to adequately question each child.

  • Document written summaries and assessments of completed interviews.

  • Consistently obtain pertinent information that assists civil and criminal investigations of child abuse. 

  • Attend Multi-Disciplinary Case Staffing to discuss disclosures.

  • Attend local, regional and national trainings on interviewing children and child abuse to maintain current knowledge of best practices and latest research on interviewing.

  • Participate in local, regional and national Peer Review and stay up to date on current literature to maintain a high level of interviewing skills.

  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal court regarding interviewing children, the process of disclosure, and dynamics of child sexual abuse.

  • Provide trainings to the multidisciplinary team and community on dynamics of sexual abuse, The CAC and forensic interviewing.

  • Document interviews and relevant information in the Case Tracking System.

  • All other assignments or projects assigned by the supervisor.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net

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