WHEN TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT SIGNS OR DISCLOSURES:
- Find a private place
- Drop to eye level, or sit next to the child
- Remain calm; keep a pace that is patient and slow.
- Ask the child about the sign in a simple, open-ended style. "I'm worried about you. You seem really afraid and sad." Or, "Is anything bothering you?"
- Listen to the reponse. Repeat what the child just said with a question inflection. "Your daddy touched your privates?"
- Listen to the reponse. Let them use their own words and repeat their words exactly again, followed by, "Is there anything else?"
- Reassure the child that he or she has done nothing wrong.
- Tell the child, "I care about you."
- When you are completing the conversation, tell the child, "This took a lot of courage. I'm proud of you for telling me."
Make your report immediately and include:
- Name of the alleged child victim.
- Age of the child.
- Address where the child can be located.
- Contact information for the child's parents or caregivers, if known.