The CAC conducts forensic interviews of children who are suspected to have been victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. A forensic interview is a neutral, objective, fact-finding interview conducted by staff that must be specifically trained in interviewing. The interview must be non-leading and defensible in a court of law.
The purpose of conducting forensic interviews is to find out whether something has happened to the child, and if so, obtain as many details as possible. Forensic interviews are recorded and members of the MDT team are able to observe the interview as it takes place, reducing the number of time and the number of people the child needs to tell their story to. The CAC is able to conduct a forensic interview on children ages 3-17 and has 3 trained forensic interviewers on staff.