Previous PageNext Page

2345 Interviewing Medical or Mental Health Staff

APS IH / September 2011

Medical and mental health staff include the alleged victim’s personal physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, emergency medical technicians, emergency room staff, medical social workers, and others.

APS interviews medical or mental health staff who have current and reliable information regarding the alleged victim’s medical or mental health conditions when allegations or evidence collected indicate that an alleged victim has:

  •   significant health problems;

  •   significant mental health problems;

  •   need for medical or mental health treatment or medications; or

  •   continued medical or mental health needs despite recent medical or mental health intervention.

As appropriate, the APS specialist also seeks the assistance of medical professionals to:

  •   assess the alleged victim’s condition to assist in determining the degree of safety;

  •   assess the alleged victim’s capacity to consent to services, if needed;

  •   explain to the alleged victim the implications of his or her condition and the advisability of medical treatment, as appropriate;

  •   diagnose and treat the alleged victim’s medical condition; and

  •   determine the need for protective services.

2345.1 Procedure for Interviewing Medical or Mental Health Staff

APS IH September 2014

The APS specialist:

  •   addresses allegations and the alleged victim’s overall medical or mental health situation;

  •   makes two or more attempted contacts to interview appropriate medical or mental health staff;

  •   documents all attempted and successful contacts with medical or mental health staff as outlined in policy;

  •   explores risk to the alleged victim’s health and safety;

  •   re-interviews medical or mental health staff at a later time as necessary to resolve any new or remaining discrepancies; and

  •   interviews additional medical staff as necessary to determine the alleged victim’s overall medical condition and safety.

See also 2333 Documentation of Investigation Contacts.

2346 Interviewing Law Enforcement

APS-IH / November 2008

APS interviews law enforcement officers as necessary to:

  •   investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation; and

  •   explore alleged victims' overall situation and safety.

2346.1 Procedure for Interviewing Law Enforcement

APS-IH / November 2008

When interviewing law enforcement personnel during the course of an investigation, the APS specialist:

  •   requests the name and contact information of any law enforcement official contacted during the case;

  •   addresses all important factors regarding the allegations and the alleged victim's overall situation; and

  •   requests assistance as necessary to deliver protective services.

2346.2 Documentation for Interviews With Law Enforcement

APS IH September 2014

To document interviews with law enforcement, the APS specialist:

  •   enters the officer’s name and contact information into the IMPACT system in the Person Detail page;

  •   enters the name of the law enforcement agency in the Comment box; and

  •   documents the content of each contact, including narrative information, in a Contact Detail page.

See also 2333 Documentation of Investigation Contacts.

2347 Interviewing Minors

APS-IH / November 2016

APS interviews minors who are either:

  •  alleged perpetrators; or

  •  collaterals.

APS is authorized to interview minors during an APS investigation with or without first obtaining consent from their parents or responsible adults. If consent is requested before the interview, the parents or responsible adults can:

  •  give consent;

  •  refuse consent;

  •  insist on being present during the interview; or

  •  delay the interview.

If one parent refuses to give consent, the APS specialist cannot interview the minor even if the other parent has given consent.

Documentation of a supervisory consultation is required whenever a decision is made not to interview the alleged perpetrator.

See:

2342.2 Procedure for Not Interviewing the Alleged Perpetrator

3264.1 Procedure for Supervisor Consults

3264.11 Documentation for Supervisor Consults

2347.1 Procedure for Interviewing Minors Without Prior Consent

APS-IH / November 2008

When a minor is interviewed without the prior knowledge of the parent or the responsible adult with whom the child primarily resides, the APS specialist sends written notification by completing Form 2262 Notification to Parent or Responsible Adult to:

  •   the parent;

  •   the responsible adult of the minor if the whereabouts of the parent is not known; or

  •   both the responsible adult and the parent, if the whereabouts of the parent is known and parental rights have not been terminated.

The APS specialist keeps a copy of the form letter in the external documentation case file.

2347.2 Procedure for Seeking Consent Before Interviewing a Minor

APS-IH / November 2008

The APS specialist has the option to seek consent from the parent or responsible adult before interviewing the child. If the parent or responsible adult:

  •   consents to the APS interview, the APS specialist interviews the child, and the APS specialist is not required to complete and mail Form 2262 Notification to Parent or Responsible Adult.

  •   refuses to allow the APS specialist to interview the child, the APS specialist must respect the decision of the parent or the responsible adult even if the child:

  •   wants to give evidence;

  •   is the alleged perpetrator; or

  •   possesses critical knowledge about the case.

2347.3 Procedure for Interviewing Minors at School

APS-IH / November 2008

The APS specialist observes the following guidelines before interviewing a minor at school:

If the child is in school and ...

then the APS specialist ...

the school consents to an interview, …

interviews the minor on school premises.

the school does not consent to an interview, …

does not interview the minor on school premises. The APS specialist interviews the minor in another location if the responsible adult has not refused consent.

Previous PageNext Page