Best practice dictates that a child who has disclosed abuse or neglect should be interviewed once by a trained professional to minimize further trauma to the child. At times, however, some information may need to be obtained directly from the child before a forensic interview to ensure a child’s safety. A minimal amount of facts must be collected in a manner that will not jeopardize the integrity of the forensic interview and investigation, or cause further trauma to the child. In response, the Governor’s Task Force has partnered with the Connecticut Children’s Alliance, the Department of Children and Families, State’s Attorney’s Office, the CT State Police, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC – the state police academy), local police departments, multidisciplinary teams, forensic interviewers and other stakeholders across Connecticut to develop comprehensive minimal facts trainings.
This training is designed for individuals who may receive a disclosure of or have reason to suspect physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect. It is appropriate for law enforcement officers, social workers, health care providers, educators, daycare providers, foster parents, and others who are obligated to make a mandated report. The goal of the training is to ensure individuals know what to do when a child discloses abuse and know how to respond and support the child.