Child Interview Specialist
The Child Interview Specialist conducts forensic interviews with child victims of sexual assault and physical abuse, works with deputy prosecuting attorneys and detectives to interview child victims or other victims with special needs, and consults on incoming child abuse cases with assigned agency personnel. This position may also be responsible for interviewing child or adult witnesses and victims of crimes and testifying in court as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Interviews child and/or adult victims of sexual assault and physical abuse.
- Documents interview and maintains detailed records of all interviews and statistics.
- Assists investigators in interviewing victims and witnesses of other crimes, conducts courtesy interviews for police agencies in other jurisdictions and for all law enforcement agencies, and interviews children and adults who are developmentally delayed and/or physical disabled as requested.
- Provides training to public and to detectives on forensic child interviewing.
- Networks with community agencies to maintain compatible working relationships.
- Participates in on-going peer review for forensic child interviews.
- Participates in regularly scheduled supervision and team meetings.
- Remains compliant with required trainings and certifications.
- Behaves in an ethical and professional manner consistent with agency policy, state law, and licensing entities if applicable.
- Understands and practices safekeeping of client protected health information per Compass Health’s HIPAA and other agency policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates respect for diversity and a commitment to developing multicultural competency and sensitivity.
- Demonstrates commitment to Compass Health’s Strategic Intention, core Values and Core Competencies.
Education | Experience | Certification
- BA/BS/BSW Degree in Behavioral Science, Child Psychology, Police Services, or related field required. MA/MS/MSW Degree preferred.
- 1 year experience interviewing child victims of physical or sexual abuse in association with law enforcement agency or any equivalent combination of training and/or experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.
- Completion of training or equivalent training related to interviewing child victims of sexual or physical abuse preferred. Commitment to attend the child interviewing training as soon as possible upon hire required.
- Demonstrated experience in court testifying on child sexual or physical abuse preferred.
- Experience in medical, mental health or social services field preferred.
- Valid Washington State Driver’s License required including vehicle and appropriate insurance, if applicable.
Knowledge | Skills | Abilities
- Knowledge of the criminal justice system, dependency system, and interviewing victims and witnesses.
- Knowledge of and skill in interviewing techniques, particularly as they relate to children and those with special needs.
- Ability to maintain a positive, solution-focused demeanor when responding to conflicts or problems.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to multitask within a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
- General computer proficiency, including the ability to utilize electronic medical record systems and accurate typing and word processing skills.
- Ability to pass pre-employment criminal background check, which may or may not include an additional search by DSHS.
Master’s Level Clinical Internship – Compass Health Child Advocacy Program at Dawson Place
Join the Compass Health Child Advocacy Program Team at Dawson Place! The CAP team provides individual, family, and group therapy at no cost to children, adolescents, and young adults, who have experienced physical or sexual abuse and their non-offending family members.
Along with the CAP team, you will get the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment with prosecutors, detectives, CPS social workers, medical staff, victim advocates, and forensic interviewers.
- Interest in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Willingness to commit to 16-20 hours a week for 12 months
- Bilingual and/or bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply (especially applicants fluent in Spanish)
We are always looking for new applicants and encourage you to apply early for the program. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to CAP Program Manager Sarah Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, please contact Sarah Adams at 425-349-8744
If you are interested in learning more about how you can stop child abuse, check out our trainings and events!
IF ABUSE IS HAPPENING, DON'T WAIT ANY MORE
Contact Dawson Place to transform hurt to hope and receive the services you need.
1509 California Street
Everett, WA 98201