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Clark County Child Advocacy Center
How Reports Were Handled Before the CAC
FCS receives a report - interviews child; contacts Law Enforcement if child discloses or assistance is needed. Child is then re-interviewed.
Law Enforcement receives a report, then interviews child. If child discloses abuse, inter-office memo is sent to FCS. Child is re-interviewed.
If child is unsafe in his/ her home and FCS receives custody, child may be re-interviewed.
Referrals made for medical exams-child is asked additional questions.
Any alleged criminal cases staffed with prosecutor. Child may be re-interviewed for further information.
Referrals made for therapeutic care, child is asked more questions.
Children being interviewed multiple times by many different people which creates additional trauma
Children being interviewed in cold, sterile environments; at times, in the home where the abuse occurred
Interviewers not specially trained
Lack of communication and coordination amongst the agencies making decisions
Non-offenders being given differing information from many agencies which leads to confusion, lack of trust, etc.
How Reports are Handled Through the CAC Model
FCS or Law Enforcement receives a report regarding child sexual abuse and / or severe physical abuse
FCS or Law Enforcement makes referral to the CAC and a centralized, multi-disciplinary process begins
Prompt and consistent response to reports
Reduction in the number of child interviews (recorded interviews)
Interviewed in a safe, child-friendly atmosphere
Professionals are trained annually on topics related to child abuse
Collaboration and shared Information leads to higher rates of prosecution
Communication and coordination of services provided
Regularly Scheduled Multidisciplinary Team Meetings: Comprehensive Information Sharing and Decision-Making
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Support & Case Management
Who, What, Why?
Your CAC Team
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