Q131: My young child has been the victim of a sexual assault, how will the police interview my child and can I be there?

Any child or young person will be interviewed in respect of sexual offences that they have been subjected to or witnessed. The interview may take place in a purpose built suite that may be at a Police Station or another place and may be recorded in writing or visually recorded. The interviewer will be a specially trained Police Officer, who may, dependant on the circumstances, be accompanied by a social worker.

When interviewed in such circumstances, the child ideally will be alone in the interview room with the interviewer, but in certain circumstances a relative may be allowed to sit and observe what happens.

If the relative is also a witness in the case they will not be permitted to be present whilst the child is being interviewed.

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