Childhub Barnahus series: Preventing re-victimization when conducting forensic interviews at the Barnahus

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Date of webinar: 
14 Mar 2019
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2-3pm CET
Ms Ólöf Ásta Farestveit, Therapist and a forensic interviewer at Barnahus

Join us for the last in mini webinar series on forensic interviews in Barnahus on March 14th at 2pm CET done in cooperation with the PROMISE project! With reference to Barnahus Quality Standard 6, this webinar will explore how a forensic interview is conducted. In doing so, the speakers will present the preparation, protocol, and follow-up involved with conducting a forensic interview of a child victim or witness of violence.

About the speakers:

Ms Ólöf Ásta Farestveit has been a therapist and a forensic interviewer at Barnahus since 2001, becoming its Head in 2007. She has conducted over 700 forensic interviews with children aged 3-18 in instances where sexual abuse was suspected. Additionally, she is the author of the book “Verndum þau” (“Lets protect them”, Reykjavík, 1st ed. 2006, 2nd ed. 2013) about how to respond to suspicions of neglect or violence against children and youth. In 2016, she received a diploma in Family Therapy from the University of Iceland.

Born in 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland, she holds a BA in Criminology and another in Child Pedagogy from the Stockholm University, Sweden. In the following, she worked in a state treatment centre for youth and for a short time in an Icelandic prison and probation administration monitoring and helping young offenders.

Other parts of this mini series:

The first discussion on the importance of forensic interview for child victims and witnesses of violence in criminal proceedings was held on February 14th - the recording is available here! The second session on adapting the forensic interview to the needs of the child took place on March 7th and the recording will soon be available.

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