Child Forensic Interviewer/Advocate

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The mission of the Child Advocacy Center of Onslow County (CACOC) is to minimize trauma to child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending family members by providing a centralized, safe and child-friendly facility from which a multidisciplinary team (MDT) conducts investigation and intervention activities; to advocate for and support child victims and non-offending family members by representing their interests throughout the process, promoting appropriate therapies and making referrals to community resources as needed; and to enhance the quality of the legal process.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the CAC Director, the Interviewer/Advocate provides victim advocacy for children and their non-offending caregiver.  The Interviewer/Advocate also conducts forensic interviews of children who are believed to have experienced child sexual abuse or serious physical abuse in a supportive environment. The Interviewer/Advocate effectively communicates with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to ensure quality of service.

Primary Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Collaborates with all members of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to ensure that all investigations and services are coordinated efficiently and expeditiously
  • Establish rapport, provide crisis intervention and community resources, complete needs assessment with children and non-offending caregiver throughout evaluation
  • Provides support to child and assists the medical provider during the medical examination
  • Act as the liaison between the child, non-offending caregiver, and the identified mental health provider
  • Provides on-going support and assistance to child and non-offending caregiver through follow-up that continues throughout the life of the case
  • Conducts forensic interviews with children who are believed to be possible victims of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse
  • Testify in criminal and/or juvenile court when necessary to clarify information obtained during an interview with the child
  • Participates in quarterly forensic interview peer review
  • Participates in monthly MDT meetings to provide information about the child’s forensic interview and to provide information about child’s progress after being seen in the CAC. 
  • Participates in on-going initiatives of program and organization.  
  • Assists in patient information management through the use of the NCAtrak database and case file with accuracy and timeliness
  • Works to ensure best practice approaches and adherence with NCA Accreditation Standards
  • Provides community outreach, education and preventative services to agencies and community members
  • Various other duties and special projects to be assigned by CAC Director

Staff Competencies/Qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, human service or related field; Master’s degree is preferred
  • Professional experience working with children and families who have experienced abuse and trauma, and/or general mental health practice strongly favored
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team with a willingness to appreciate and value different points of view
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required
  • Strong interpersonal relationship and crisis management skills
  • A sound knowledge of child trauma and victimization issues
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide training and organize effective presentations to large groups
  • Displays leadership and professional integrity
  • Demonstrates ability to hold self and others accountable

This position will remain open until filled.

Location: Jacksonville, NC
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