What is a Child Assessment?

A Child Assessment is a one-­on-­one body safety lesson between an Assessment Specialist and a child between the ages of 3 and 10. Child Assessments are utilized in situations where a child is exhibiting concerning sexualized behaviors, using sexualized language and/or exhibiting red-flag behavioral indicators of sexual abuse, but has not made any direct disclosures of sexual abuse.

What is the goal of a Child Assessment?

The goal of a Child Assessment is to educate parents on child sexual abuse dynamics, and provide a behavioral assessment and body safety lesson to the child.

What should I expect?

When you arrive at the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Assessment Specialist will meet with the caregiver(s) first. This allows the Assessment Specialist to review the intake form with the caregiver(s), explain what to expect during the assessment with the child, and gather any additional information that may be pertinent to the assessment. The Assessment Specialist will then meet with the child in a developmentally ­appropriate, child­-friendly room. The Assessment Specialist will review general body safety with the child, discuss okay/not okay touches, and brainstorm a list of safe adults that the child feels comfortable talking to. Following the meeting with the child, the Assessment Specialist will again meet with the caregiver(s) to share any information that may have resulted from the Child Assessment. The Assessment Specialist will make any recommendations or referrals if that may be of assistance to your family, and will answer any follow-­up questions that your family may have. The appointment may last anywhere from 1 - ­1.5 hours.

How do I schedule a Child Assessment?

If your child is exhibiting concerning sexualized behaviors, using sexualized language and/or exhibiting red­ flag behavioral indicators of sexual abuse, but has not made any direct disclosures of sexual abuse, call the Children’s Advocacy Center and ask to speak with Shyra Williams about scheduling a Child Assessment.