Teacher Training

The Child Sexual Abuse Assessment Interview in the Forensic Setting

FUNIBER organizes the webinar “Child Abuse Assessment Interview” to explain the characteristics of the investigative interview to detect cases of sexual abuse in children.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in 5 women and one in 13 men report having suffered sexual harassment in childhood. But child abuse can still occur in many ways besides sexual harassment, but also through psychological harassment, inattention, commercial exploitation and other types that can harm the health, development and dignity of the child.

According to WHO, there is a difficulty in controlling this situation due to the diversity of related factors, also depending on each country and its policies. But there is consensus in prevention and intervention programs, in case a case is detected.

Recognizing cases at an early stage and providing ongoing assistance to victims and their families can help reduce the recurrence of abuse and alleviate the potential emotional and physical consequences for the child.

WHO recommends that these interventions be carried out within the framework of public health and can focus on four phases:

– The definition of the problem

– Identification of causes and risk factors

– The creation and testing of interventions aimed at minimizing risk factors.

– The dissemination of information on the effectiveness of interventions and the expansion of the application of interventions of proven effectiveness.

The Child Abuse Assessment Interview

Once the problem is detected, justice begins. For the total clarification of the facts, the children must be duly evaluated through research interviews. The objective is to obtain the relevant information so that the court can make the appropriate legal decisions.

Next November 11, FUNIBER organizes the webinar “Child Abuse Assessment Interview”, with Luis Jiménez Romero, Director of the Master’s Degree in Criminalistics and the Master’s Degree in Criminal Psychology, both programs awarded by the European University of Atlántico (UNEATLANTICO-Espanha) and promoted by FUNIBER through the Training Scholarship program.

Luis Jiménez has experience as a forensic psychologist, he is General Director of the School of Criminology of Catalonia.

During the webinar, Jiménez will discuss what are the characteristics of this type of interview, what he expects from the interviewer, what are the appropriate questions for the developmental level of each child and what may be the most effective strategies to interview children in this situation.