Language competence in forensic interviews for suspected child sexual abuse.

Lisa A. Fontes and Amy C. Tishelman, Child Abuse and Neglect (June 2016)

Forensic interviews with children for suspected child sexual abuse require meeting children “where they are” in terms of their developmental level, readiness to disclose, culture, and language. In this qualitative study, 39 U.S. child forensic interviewers and child advocacy center directors discussed their experiences, practices, and opinions regarding interviews with children and families who are not native speakers of English. Recommendations for practice and further research are included.

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