Forensic Interviewer
at La Rabida Children's Hospital

Date Posted: 3/28/2019

Job Description

One (1) Full-time position at the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) Conduct legally sound, neutral, fact-finding interviews with alleged child abuse victims working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team including law enforcement, the Department of Family and Children Services, State’s Attorney’s Office, and other disciplines involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases to avoid duplicative interviewing. Obtain information from a child about the abuse allegations in a developmentally and culturally sensitive, unbiased, legally and fact-finding manner that will support accurate and fair decision-making by the MDT within the criminal justice, child protection, and service delivery systems.

  • Conduct child centered forensic interviews according to a 32 hour nationally accredited forensic interview model in accordance with CAC protocol.
  • Adhere to research-based forensic interview guidelines that create an interview environment that enhances free recall, minimizes interviewer influence and gathers information needed by all the MDT members involved to avoid duplication of the interview process.
  • Consult with investigative Multidisciplinary Team Members in a formal pre and post interview staffing to share information that may be pertinent to the interview or subsequent investigation.  When a child is unable or unwilling to provide information regarding concern about abuse, facilitate a discussion about other interventions to assess the child’s experience and safety. 
  • Facilitate a discussion whether a subsequent or multi-session interview is needed.
  • Participate in regular Multidisciplinary Team Case Review Meetings to ensure accountability and collaboration between team members.
  • Provide on a rotating, on-call basis, after hours/urgent/emergency forensic interviews
  • Assist in the development and implementation of training for the multidisciplinary team members as needed and ongoing
  • Conduct training sessions with community professionals who require education about child abuse interviewing dynamics and conduct professional in-service training
  • Attend and participate in staff development involving updated information on child abuse issues and interviewing technique.
  • Attend and participate in structured quarterly peer review.
  • Individuals with forensic interviewing responsibilities must demonstrate participation in ongoing education in the field of child maltreatment and/or forensic interviewing consisting of a minimum of 8 contact hours every 2 years. 
  • May document a forensic interview summary for the child’s file.
  • Required to work up to (2) two late afternoon/early evenings per week

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or similar field required.  
  • Two years of experience within the field of child abuse investigation and knowledge of child development and psychological impacts of childhood trauma is strongly preferred. 
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and with people who represent diversity in age, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Must have knowledge of child welfare field.  Experience and  specialized training in investigative interviewing is highly desirable. 
  • The successful candidate must also have excellent communication skills (verbal and written), interpersonal skills, and computer skills. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish & English) preferred.

Job Snapshot

About Us

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago.  We specialize in treatment of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma.  La Rabida provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary health services to children across a continuum of care, serving as a model for family-centered care.

La Rabida is a very special place.  Triumphs occur here. Children overcome odds and excel beyond hope. This is where those who serve gain more than they give. La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions. We also offer psychology training programs in child clinical and pediatric psychology.

Our comprehensive employee benefits program is competitive. Our lakefront location is spectacular. We are an equal opportunity employer. We promote healthy eating and our facilities are smoke free.

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