Survey: Authorities’ Child Welfare Investigational Procedures and Behaviour

This survey is prepared for presentation to the UN, EU and any other institutions with an interest in child welfare.

Participants in the survey are anyone who has reported child abuse to authorities and can be a witness to authorities' procedures, attitude etc. towards the reported victim.
The survey consists of:
The GENERAL INFORMATION section of the survey supply basic information.
SECTION 1 analyses procedures of authorities and how they treated the safety of the child. SECTION 2 investigates the attitude of authorities towards a child abuse reporter.

For statistical accuracy, please submit a survey for each child who was reported as in danger of abuse.
More than one answer may be selected in the question options.
Please keep comments on questions short with pointed information. Complete the sections that is applicable to the situation of the child in question.

**In the survey the Police, Social services, General Advocates office courts or any other state governed institutions are referred to as "Authorities" or "Authority".

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1. In which country was the child abuse reported?

2. What date was the child abuse reported?
3. What is the gender of the child reported as a victim of abuse?
4. What is the age of the child reported as a victim of abuse?
5. To whom did the child first confide the abuse?

6. What type of child abuse was reported to Authorities?

7. What is your relationship with the child you reported as a victim of abuse?

8. After discovering the abuse, did you privately approach a professional doctor or child psychologist before approaching the Authorities?
9. If yes, which professional did you approach in clarifying the safety of the child?

10. What reaction did you get from professionals whom you approached privately?

11. What were the findings of these professionals whom you approached privately?

12. When you decided to approach the authorities, who did you first approach?

13. What was the general attitude of authorities towards your concern regarding the child's welfare?

14. What was the authorities' attitude towards the child reported as a victim of abuse?

15. During the initial investigation, how many times, in total, did authorities hold interview sessions with the child? ( Exclude authority appointed professionals. )

16. How many authoritative people, in total, interviewed the child during this investigation? (Do not include authority appointed professionals.)

17. Was forensic interview procedures used by them during these interviews with the child?

18. Did the authorities record their interviews with the child?

19. Did authorities restrain, remove or ban the reported abuser from any contact with the child during their investigation?

20. Did police and/or social services etc., who were involved in the investigation, accept the reports of the privately approached professionals?

21. If no, what reasons did investigative authorities give for not accepting the privately obtained reports?

22. After the abuse was reported, what role did Social Service play in the child's welfare?

23. Did the child confide in the authorities about the abuse?
24. Did authorities appoint a child psychologist to interview the child?
25. If no, what reason was indicated/given by authorities for not appointing a child psychologist?

26. If yes, how many times was the child interviewed by a child psychologist in your initial child abuse complaint investigation?

27. What interview protocol did the authoritative child psychologist use on the child?

28. Combine the time an authority appointed child psychologist spent with the child on the initial child abuse complaint investigation? Average:

29. Did the authority appointed child psychologist found the child to have been abused?
30. Did the authority appointed child psychologist record interview/s with the child?

31. Did the investigative authorities appoint a doctor for a medical examination?

32. If yes, did the doctor, whom authorities appointed, find inconsistencies indicative of child abuse?
33. Did any doctor, who examined the child, use a colposcope (medical instrument with lighting and imaging function) or recorded camera images needed for a second opinion or further analysis?

34. Was the reported abuser allowed, by any doctor/psychologist, to be present at the examination? (For both private or authority appointed.)

35. Did any authority order a further investigation into the reported abuser?

36. Was the child represented by a children's advocate during the investigation and court procedures to ensure the safeguarding of the child's rights?

37. Was the reported abuser found guilty of abuse and judicially punished?

38. Did the court authorities take further steps to safeguard the child from contact with the reported suspect abuser? (Irregardless of a guilty or a not guilty finding.)

39. In which type of court did authorities choose to hold the reported child abuse hearings?

40. Indicate any negative attitudes and sayings you heard from authorities towards child abuse and their abilities to safeguard children during the process?

41. Have you made complaints with other local authorities/institutions about how these authorities treated the child in their investigative and court processes?

42. What response did you receive from these authorities/institutions on your complaint about how the child was/is treated?

43. Do you feel that enough was done by authorities to safeguard the life of this child?

44. Did the idea of child abuse in your vicinity affect you?

45. If the child abuse directly affected you, how did authorities react to your suffering?

46. What behaviour did the reported abuser exhibit towards you and the authorities.

47. What reciprocal motion was used by Authorities towards you, for reporting child abuse?

48. In what form was judicial "punishment" perpetrated on you as a result of you reporting child abuse.

49. Have you made complaints with local authorities about how these authorities treated you and your concerns in the process?

50. If you have found or tried to find local assistance, or make complaints, which authorities/institutions did you approach?

51. What response did you receive from these authorities on your complaint about how you are treated?

Thank you for completing this survey. Your contribution and care is valued.