IDENTIFY WAYS TO ENSURE THAT EVIDENCE OF ABUSE IS PRESERVED
The most common type of evidence available to the investigator is statements made by the victim, witness(es), alleged perpetrator, and collateral(s). [ Statements may be collected and documented by one or more of the following methods:
* A personal face-to-face interview which is recorded in a factual summarization on the CPS-1;
* An audio taped recording of the interview. The tape
should be preserved and may be either transcribed or summarized on the CPS-1 and filed in the case record;
* An audio-visual taped recording of the interview. The tape should be preserved and may be either transcribed and placed in the investigation section of the case record or factually summarized on the CPS-1;
* A written signed statement as provided by the witness. Such statements should be filed in the investigation section of the case record.
Taped and written statements are particularly important as evidence in judicial proceedings where the witness attempts to recant an earlier statement made to the investigator.
* The investigator will also obtain or generate a variety of documents / reports during the investigation process, which will serve as evidence to support an investigative conclusion. These statements will be used for judicial proceedings. Generated reports / documents include reports, forms, and records produced by CD staff. Obtained reports / documents include medical reports, psychological / psychiatric evaluations, police reports, written statements, etc.
The investigator should take the following steps in obtaining and reviewing documents / reports that are to be used as evidence in a CA/N investigation:
o Initial all pages of any original document the worker is allowed to view but not copy. This will assist the worker in identifying the document during judicial proceedings as one reviewed during the investigation. ]
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