Forensic Interview

gathering accurate information

Your Child’s Comfort Is Our Priority

We understand the crucial role parents and caregivers play in supporting children and youth through difficult times. Our resources and support services are designed to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the challenges their loved one’s face.

Our forensic interview process is conducted with the utmost sensitivity and expertise. We understand the importance of gathering accurate information while prioritizing the well-being of the child or youth involved.

What is the purpose of the Forensic Interview?

The purpose of a Forensic Interview is to obtain a statement from your child or youth that will be legally sound, child friendly, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, trauma informed and unbiased. Our interviewers strive to make your child feel as comfortable as possible while asking questions without leading or pressuring. We understand your concerns as a parent or caregiver, and we assure you that your child’s emotional safety is our utmost priority.

What to Expect

Before Arrival

Referral and Initial Contact:
You will be referred to the Windsor-Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre by Windsor Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police or Lasalle Police. Once a police referral has been made to us, you will receive a phone call from one of our Advocates to arrange a date and time that works best for you and your family to come to the Centre. One of our Advocates will provide support and answer any questions you may have during this phone call.

Upon Arrival:

When you arrive at the Centre, one of our Advocates will greet you and your child/youth and give you a tour of the Centre. One of our Advocates will provide you and your child/youth with comfort measures such as drinks, snacks, fidgets and colouring supplies. Your child/youth is welcome to bring these items into the interview room with them when they speak with the police officer.

During the Interview and Time at the Centre:

Referral and Initial Contact:
A specially trained police officer will come to introduce themselves to you and your child/youth. After this, your child/youth will go with the police officer to complete their forensic interview. We have a child-centred family waiting area where you can sit while your child is with the police officer. An Advocate will be available to offer support and connect you with relevant referrals while your child/youth is being interviewed.

The forensic interview is conducted by highly specialized police officers trained in Child/Youth interview techniques. This ensures the interview is conducted in a developmentally appropriate, non-leading, and legally sound manner. The interview will provide your child/youth the chance to share your story in a child/youth friendly, non-judgmental environment. Parents/caregivers are not allowed to be in the interview room with the child/youth, but the door does not lock, and your child/youth can exit at any time to come see you in the waiting area.
The interview room is equipped with a camera and audio recorder to ensure that no details are lost and to ensure your child/youth only has to share their story once. In a separate room, your child/youth’s interview will be monitored by another police officer and child protection worker who will take notes.

When you arrive, an Advocate will show you these rooms and make sure you are well-informed of the process.

After the Interview:

After your child’s interview, the police officer will come and debrief with you about next steps. Your Advocate is available to address any concerns. Additionally, an Advocate can offer support and resources to help you and your family cope with any emotions or reactions following your visit to our center. We’re here to assist you in accessing the services you need.

What Happens Next?

System Navigation and Healing Support:
Every story is different, so every outcome of an interview and investigation is different.

An advocate will be assigned to support you and your child/youth throughout your journey. They will help navigate the criminal justice and support systems, answer questions, and provide emotional and practical support. Advocates work closely with victim services and law enforcement to provide you and your family with the most collaborative, trauma informed response. Advocates will continue to provide support and advocacy services to you and your family for as long as you wish.

Frequent Check-ins:

The Advocate will liaise with external partners and keep you informed about the progress of the case and the court process. They will regularly check in to offer guidance, referrals and support.


Throughout the process, your advocate will represent and advocate for your child’s needs and rights, ensuring that your family receives the best possible support and resources.


How long will the visit last?
The visit typically lasts between one to two hours, depending on the specific needs and circumstances of your child/youth.
If I have to bring my other children, is childcare available?
Yes, we provide a child-centred family waiting area where your other children can stay. An Advocate will be present to offer support and ensure a comfortable environment.
Can I accompany my child to the interview?
Parents/caregivers are not allowed in the interview room to ensure a non-leading environment. However, the door does not lock, and your child/youth can exit at any time to see you in the waiting area.