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How should investigators and therapists proceed when a child or their parent makes such allegations?A child protection worker is assigned. The person who reported the suspicion is interviewed. The child protection worker searches CAS records for past or present contact with the child, family and/or the alleged offender. When appropriate, police are contacted. A CAS and police may plan the next steps of a joint investigation. The police officer will search appropriate police records for any previous contact with the alleged offender. The child protection worker sees the child to assess his/her immediate safety. This may include an interview by the child protection worker and/or police. Siblings or other children who may be at risk or may have been abused by the alleged offender may be interviewed (see the section “Your Child’s Interview”). If needed, a medical assessment of the child is arranged. Other witnesses who are identified may be interviewed. The child’s parent/caregiver is interviewed by the child protection worker (with police, if appropriate), unless the parent/caregiver is the alleged offender. The alleged offender is interviewed by police first. The child protection worker may, when appropriate, interview the alleged offender (Rimer, 2003).
How can they obtain the information they need without manipulating the child's memory, even if inadvertently?In order to get the most accurate information from a child without manipulating them some of these steps should be taken the interview should be done as soon as possible after the event, multiple interviews should be discouraged (frequent questioning by different people can distort memory and possible