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What Questions Should I Ask? What Questions Shouldn't I Ask?

A Guide to Interviewing Children About Suspected Abuse and Neglect

WHY ask questions?

Because your work brings you in contact with children and their families, you are in a unique position to help protect children who are being abused or neglected. This is why State Law requires that you report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. A child may be willing to show or tell you more than he or she would tell anyone else.

How can you gather the information you need to form a reasonable suspicion in the most constructive, positive, and responsible manner possible? Use the question sample links to the left to help you interview children or parents.