Law Enforcement will schedule the interview with Small Talk and notify you of the appointment date and time. Please keep in touch with your Officer/Detective.
There is no need to prepare. However, children and teens seem to be put at ease by knowing what to expect. Here are some tips:
-Be honest with your child about the purpose of the appointment. It is helpful to inform your child that someone wishes to talk with him or her about what was reported. (Don't make up another purpose, such as a doctor's appointment, psychologist or anything else.)
-It is important to reassure your child and give him or her permission to talk freely and to tell the truth;
-It is equally important not to rehearse with your child or tell your child what to say. Don't review the incident prior to coming as practice or try to anticipate questions and help them prepare. Your child doesn't require preparation.
-Depending on the age of your child, consider the most appropriate time to tell them about the appointment. Do your best to ease any possible fears or worries. Small Talk is comprised of trained professionals in the field and we do our best to maintain a neutral and child-friendly environment.
3400 Pine Tree Rd. Suite 106 Lansing MI 48911
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Upon arrival you will be greeted by a Small Talk team member. The parent will complete intake forms and we will explain the process and counseling that is offered at Small Talk.
Small Talk utilizes a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach during the investigation of child abuse. MDT members are specially trained in child abuse investigations. Members include: Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Counselors, Protective Service Workers and Medical Experts. Members may be present at Small Talk, but only one trained interviewer will conduct the interview.
The goal of a forensic interview is to obtain a statement from a child, in a developmentally-sensitive, unbiased, and truth-seeking manner that will support accurate and fair decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems.
One, plain clothes, trained professional will conduct the interview in a child or teen-friendly setting. All interviews are recorded, as recommended by Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol.
After the Interview
A Small Talk Team Member will meet with you after the interview to explain the process and the next steps.
Please feel free to contact Small Talk at 517-253-0728 any time after your interview for information about resources or if you have any lingering questions about the forensic interview.
To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.
A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.