Resources for Multidisciplinary Teams/Child Advocacy Centers and Forensic Interviewers
During a child abuse investigation, Child Advocacy Centers or Multi-Disciplinary Interview Centers/Teams bring together law enforcement, district attorneys, social workers, medical personnel and other professionals to conduct a single forensic interview of an abused child. The child forensic interviewer ensures that the child is asked age appropriate questions, and the team ensures that the forensic interviewer gathers accurate and forensically sound information that will be admissible in court.
Children's Advocacy Centers of California (CACC, formerly the California Network of Child Advoacy Centers).
CATTA and CIR work closely with the CACC, a membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first. CACC is an accredited chapter of the National Children's Alliance (NCA). NCA provides financial support grants, training and national accreditation for child advocacy centers and state chapters.
Additional training resources
Minimum Standards Protocol
The California Children’s Justice Act Task Force (CJA) is dedicated to improving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse crimes in California. To that end, this multi-agency task force developed the Minimum Standards Protocol for the Investigation of Child Abuse and Neglect (MSP).
Visit the CA MSP page to download the MSP and learn more about it.
Spanish-Speaking Forensic Interviewer Recruitment Brochure
The Forensic Interviewer Recruitment Brochure assists Child Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Interview Centers/Teams (MDIC/Ts) in recruitment efforts for Spanish-speaking Child Forensic Interviewers.
Guide for the Forensic Interviewing of Spanish-Speaking Children (2011)
This guide provides helpful insights and strategies for persons interviewing Spanish-speaking monolingual and bilingual children. It also includes useful information for interpreters and suggestions for how multidisciplinary interview teams can work together to obtain the best results.
Resources for Child Abuse Treatment Center (CHAT) Grantees
Q. What are CHAT Programs?
The Children’s Unit of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Public Safety and Victim Services Programs, Victim Services Division, funds both government and non-profit community based organizations to facilitate therapeutic treatment services to child victims of abuse and provide support services to non-offending family members. The program was authorized by Public Law 98-473 as amended and is funded through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), 42 USC. 10601and 10603. Under this program, child abuse victims must be provided comprehensive psychotherapy services, with an emphasis on underserved children to include children who are dependents of the court and children in the welfare system.
The CHAT Program has four measurable mandated objectives:
- 1) provide psychotherapy services to child victims;
- 2) provide information to child abuse victims and/or their non-offending family members on crime victim compensation services;
- 3) provide referral information regarding the local victim/witness assistance centers to obtain assistance in applying for victim compensation program benefits, as well as assist child victims and their non-offending family members to develop a better understanding of the criminal justice system to prepare them for court proceedings; and
- 4) use volunteers to assist in carrying out the mandated objectives. Additionally, adjunct services such as personal services and information and referral services may also be provided to child victims and their non-offending family members.
Q. How can CATTA help your CHAT Program?
CATTA is proud to provide training and technical assistance to CHAT grantees. For trainings specifically relevant to the treatment of child abuse go to the “Child Abuse Treatment Topics” on the Training Topics page. When they are scheduled, they will be added to the training calendar.
Child Sexual Abuse and Children with Disabilities
Research shows that children with disabilities are abused 3.4 times more often than other children. National expert, Nora Baladarian, helped CATTA develop the following documents for Parents and Professionals.
- Information for Parents Brochure | 9 Download PDF
- Information for Parents Brochure (in Spanish) | 9 Download PDF
- Children with Disabilities and Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet for Professionals | 9 Download PDF
- Sexual Abuse Amongst Students with Disabilities: Resources for Educators | 9 Download PDF