Child Forensic Interviewer
Full job description
The Forensic Interviewer supports Turning Point’s mission by interviewing alleged victims of child abuse (including sexual abuse, witness to violence, serious neglect and serious physical abuse) so that law enforcement and the Department of Social Services can make effective case decisions.
Director of Child Advocacy & Sexual Assault Services
RESPONSIBILITIES / ACCOUNTABILITIES
Outcomes / Exceptional Performance
% of Time
(Sums to 100%)
Using trauma-informed, client-centered approach:
- Coordinate with Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, and other community partners when children are referred to the center to schedule appointments for the center.
- Conduct forensic interviews of children referred by Law Enforcement or CPS in efforts to elicit details regarding potential abuse/maltreatment the child may have experienced.
- Gather information from law enforcement, Social Services, and the non-offending caretakers of the child about the child abuse allegation(s).
- Provide intake, crisis intervention, telephone, and hotline crisis intervention as needed.
- Ensure coordinated client care with key community partners.
- Assist in the coordination of monthly Case Review and developing the agenda. Provide oral report of forensic interview at Case Review. Participate in Case Review and advocates on behalf of clients.
- Provide courtroom testimony about victims of child maltreatment, including sexual violence, witness to violence, and domestic violence.
- Accompany adult sexual hospital or police department during regular work hours and on-call as needed.
- Ensure that the forensic interviews are recorded, backed up and stored appropriately.
- Ensure the medical and forensic records are disseminated and stored appropriately.
- Provide a general summary of the findings (if any) during the forensic interview.
- Maintain accurate, up to date client, program and agency records, including case tracking.
- Record and report program statistics accurately and in a timely fashion.
- Work to ensure the goals and outcomes for the program are met.
- Research, write and manage grant reporting and grantor relationships, as assigned by supervisor.
- Adhere to Agency policy and procedures.
- Increase community awareness of victimization, prevention, and available resources through public speaking and media requests as assigned by supervisor.
- Support agency mission by staffing at least two events or outreach activities annually.
- Support agency mission by participating personally in agency and community meetings and committees as requested by supervisor.
- Promote and maintain professional relationships with agency staff, interns, volunteers, and community partners.
- Facilitate volunteer training as needed.
- Contribute to quality services by staying informed of developments and trends in the area of trauma and victimization, especially as it relates to sexual violence, child maltreatment and intimate partner violence.
- Maintain and develop skills and knowledge by attending training especially as it relates to best practices of forensic interviewing, victimization and trauma; ensure licensure and certifications are up to date needed for the job, as mandated by the National Children’s Alliance accreditation standards.
- Contribute to agency effectiveness by performing other agency duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- The employee is required to travel less than 50% of the time
- Travel may include trips to local meetings and occasional overnight travel to meetings or conferences
- Licensed to drive and maintain all adequate insurance
- Data entry
- Proficiency with word processing , spreadsheets, email or presentation software
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and reason objectively
- Identifies problems, takes and recommends appropriate actions, and follows up to ensure problems are resolved
- Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral expression
- Shares information with team members appropriately
- Uses diplomacy and tact to maintain harmonious and effective relationships with staff, clients and community
- Maintain awareness of impact of vicarious trauma and ensure readiness to provide high quality care
- Uses work time productively
- Understand the goals and objective for their department and the agency, and works to achieve them
- Ability to document accurately, concisely and in a timely manner
- Ability to handle a variety of duties
- Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and competing priorities effectively
- Ability to work with and respect a diverse population
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to touch, handle or feel; and talk or hear.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
2 years related experience
Forensic Interview training from nationally recognized model.
Knowledge and Skills
MA and License
Experience working with victims
Experience in human services
I have read this job description and fully understand the requirements set forth therein. I understand that this is to be used as a guide and that I will be responsible for performing other duties as assigned. I further understand that this job description does not constitute an employment contract with Turning Point.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $19.00 per hour
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- No weekends
- On call
- Bilingual (Preferred)
- Driver's License (Required)
Willingness to travel:
- 25% (Preferred)
Work Location: In person