Children's Advocacy Network improving ways to help abused, neglected kids in Cenla

Source: KALB
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Published: Jun. 1, 2018 at 2:44 PM CDT
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One local agency is beefing up ways it's providing help to abused and neglected children in Central Louisiana.

The Children's Advocacy Network serves the community with three programs, CAC, CASA, and Trauma Therapy.

Under the CAC, forensic interviewers speak with children in safe environments to get information about the abusive situations in a non-traumatizing way. That information is used by law enforcement to investigate and prosecute cases, as well as to find ways to support the children.

In a move to make sure this process is as efficient as possible, the CAC held a statewide peer-to-peer review a couple of weeks ago.

During this process, they bring in forensic interviewers from around the state to go over recent interviews and make suggestions on their methods of speaking to the children.

We're told CAC is one of a few places in the state using this method. And as it continues to grow here at home, they hope it catches on in other areas.

"Our goal at the Children's Advocacy Network when it comes to peer-to-peer review is to continue to provide a supportive environment for forensic interviewers to come and share their concerns,” explained Ashley Honor, Forensic Interviewer. “To continue to provide education and an out for their concerns, and we're taking the lead on that right now."

The group will be holding another peer-to-peer review in August.

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