Danielle Hughes conducting a forensic interview with a child.

Danielle Hughes conducting a forensic interview with a child.

Danielle Hughes, team coordinator of the Child Protection Team (CPT)at Sarasota's Child Protection Center (CPC), has been selected to provide the upcoming forensic interview training through the Florida Department of Health for CPT Case Coordinators across the state. Eleven teams are partaking in the specialized 40-hour training, which will enable the participating CPT case coordinators to provide forensic interviews. These interviews are child-friendly, non-leading, and legally sound conversations with alleged victims of child abuse, which are recorded and submitted as evidence. The coordinators meet with the child, ensure they’re comfortable, build report, and are then able to transition to the topics of concern and explore the details of disclosure if abuse has occurred. By having the Case Coordinators within Child Protection Teams trained in forensic interviewing, it alleviates the need for children to be interviewed by DCF and law enforcement. This training enables more teams around the state to provide these interviews, which will benefit numerous children across Florida.

 

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