The Children’s Justice Center Therapeutic Process
Prior to the creation of the Utah CJC’s, investigation of child abuse may have required a child victim to be interviewed by police, social services, medical personnel, psychologists and prosecutors. The primary function of the CJC is to provide a facility where children can feel more comfortable and receive coordinated services as part of the investigative process. The interviews are completed in a home-like setting by law enforcement and/or social service investigators. The interview is recorded so representatives from all involved agencies are able to use the interview in their investigation.
The children’s justice center provides many secondary services. These include:
- Medical forensic exams on-site at some centers
- Tracking and monitoring of cases through the criminal justice system
- Collaboration of resources among agencies involved in the investigation
- Community education presentations
- Referrals for mental health and other services
The therapeutic process children go through is:
- The child is brought into the center.
- The child is taken into a room that is extremely child friendly, based on their age.
- The child is interviewed by a licensed therapist.
- While the child is being interviewed, the interview is recorded and watched by investigators and other needed/required personnel.
- The child may see a trained medical practitioner at the CJC.
- The child is encouraged, strengthened and supported.
- The child is taken to another room to choose a hand-stitched Teddy Bear
- The child starts healing immediately!