POSITION: Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate
REPORTS TO: Executive Director of the CAC
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GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Forensic Interviewer has the primary responsibility for conducting forensic interviews and overseeing case management at the direction of the CAC Executive Director. The Family Advocate is responsible for providing support services for child victims and their non-offending family members. This is a highly trained individual skilled in dealing with families in crisis.
- Use established protocol to conduct forensic interviews of children and vulnerable adults regarding possible sexual abuse and severe physical abuse
- Use established protocol to conduct forensic interviews of children and vulnerable adults who may have been witnesses to violent crime
- Document a brief summary to support interview findings and multidisciplinary team actions
- Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
- Make any necessary recommendations regarding needed follow-up for the child and the family
- Liaison between Law Enforcement, District Attorney, County Attorney, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and other community agencies as needed
- Document intake data and schedule interviews
- Keep abreast of new research and developments in forensic interviewing of child sexual abuse
- Work on 24-hour call, when scheduled, for necessary interviews/staffings
- As a Family Advocate, would provide each family with an intake process and offer services, resources, make recommendations for counseling, etc.
- Prepare for court and testify when subpoenaed;
- As a Family Advocate would educate victims and family members re: all aspects of courtroom etiquette, give tours if requested, ensure victim is aware of all paperwork.
- Educate family re: Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.
- Participate in and provide training to staff and volunteers, other agencies and the community in various areas regarding child sexual and physical abuse in coordination with the Executive Director
- Participate in a minimum of 40 hours of forensic interviewing training provided by a combination of CACTX, local CAC, and other agencies prior to conducting forensic interviews with children
- Participate in internal and regional peer reviews at a minimum of two per year
- Participate in forensic interviewing and child abuse related trainings and other related trainings as directed by CAC Executive Director for a minimum of 3 hours a year.
- Attend training for Family Advocate position.
Case Coordination and Administration
- Attend multidisciplinary, team, and staff meetings
- Attend other meetings and in-services, professional training and conferences as self-directed or requested by CAC Executive Director
- Participate in improved collaboration efforts with community agencies
- Maintain case files, statistical reports, etc.
- Oversee the data entry of case information into agency case tracking system
- Attend CAC Board meetings when directed by the CAC Executive Director
- Work with the CAC Executive Director to develop and carry out evaluations procedures
- Assist the CAC Executive Director/CAC Board in fund raising efforts as needed
- Other duties as assigned by the CAC Executive Director
At a minimum, the professional forensic child interviewer/family advocate should:
- Hold a BS or BA degree in a field related to social science, education, criminal justice, nursing, psychology or other “helping profession”. A MA, MS or MSW is ideal.
- Maintain and/or have the ability to maintain membership in an appropriate professional organization such as the National Association for Social Workers, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, American Psychological Association, National Organization of Forensic Nurses, Academy of Pediatrics, etc.
- Have demonstrated professional experience with children (related internship, etc.).
- Have demonstrated knowledge of child abuse and neglect and child development (through course work, professional training or higher education).
- Understanding of child development, child sexual abuse and forensic linguistics
- Understanding of the law and the legal system and implications related to interviewing children
- Experience in needs assessment of victims and families and identification of appropriate referrals
- Have demonstrated commitment to on-going cross disciplinary education and openness to supervisory feedback.
- Understand and abide by the confidentiality requirements and procedures related to working in an environment such as the Children’s Advocacy Center.
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Experience in working with diverse professionals from child protection, law enforcement, court systems and related community services
- Spanish speaking ability not required (preferred)
- Successfully complete a CPS and criminal history background check.
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