Forensic Services

Forensic Services

MEDICO-LEGAL EVALUATION

Forensic, or medico-legal evaluation of the abused child, includes a comprehensive history taking from the caregiver or companion, including an investigation into the personal and socioeconomic conditions of the family. A comprehensive pediatric examination follows, including examination of the genital and anal exam with a colposcope, with photographic documentation of all extragenital and genital findings. Necessary forensic and medical examinations are done: microscopic examination for sperm, gathering specimens for forensic analysis, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, performing other pertinent laboratory examinations, and referring to indicated medical specialties or subspecialties within the hospital.

VIDEOTAPED FORENSIC INTERVIEW

If indicated, a trained forensic interviewer, either a physician or policewoman, conducts a videotaped investigative interview of the child. The forensic interview protocol is both child-friendly and non-retraumatizing, and in adherence with legal guidelines for collecting evidence. Other members of the team like the social worker or lawyer observes thru a monitor in another room. The social worker is in charge of videotaping the interview. The lawyer also observes the interview and asks clarificatory questions through the forensic interviewer, if necessary. The video tape may then be presented in a court of law.

FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION

The CPU has the only forensic child psychiatrist in the country. The Forensic psychiatrist testifies in court with regards her findings. The forensic evaluation entails at least three visits to the Forensic Psychiatrist.

FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK

Some cases call for the CPU social worker to work with the Family court and to submit her case study reports to the court. She can also be called upon to testify in court.

CRIME INVESTIGATION

The police officer conducts crime scene investigations and collateral interviews in criminal cases e.g. Shaken Baby Cases.