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Interviewing Children with Disabilities

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Prosecutors and other multidisciplinary team professionals charged with interviewing children for alleged abuse are likely to encounter children with developmental disabilities or other special needs.

In this presentation, rates of victimization of children with special needs are provided, factors that increase risk of abuse for children with disabilities are discussed, children's abilities to recount information are described, and strategies for the investigative process are covered. Topics related to the interview include the importance of data-gathering before the interview, techniques to accommodate for particular disabilities during the interview, and suggestions to continue to address the child’s needs throughout the investigative and judicial process.

For any questions regarding registration, please contact OJJDP's TTA Help Desk at 833–647–0513 or [email protected].

Date Created: October 27, 2022