ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE CONTEXT OF PARENTAL SEPARATION: A DISCUSSION PAPER

2001-FCY-4E

APPENDIX A: ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE CONTEXT OF PARENTAL SEPARATION

Interview Protocol

Introduction

[Self-identification by interviewer]

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family is currently conducting a project for the Department of Justice Canada on the problem of false allegations of child abuse made in the context of custody and access disputes.  One component of this project is key informant interviews to provide additional insights into the problem.

Extent of the Problem

Unfortunately, the actual incidence of false allegations of child abuse in Canada is not known and would require primary research to determine.  It is believed that the incidence is higher in situations of parental separation than in other contexts, but this has not been verified.

Investigative Processes

[child welfare workers and police]

Thank you very much for your time and input.  May we acknowledge your assistance in the report?

[If yes, get proper spelling of name, title and affiliation]

Would you like to receive a copy of this report when it is completed?

[If yes, get address, or give the Department of Justice contact]

For your information, the Department of Justice Canada contact for this project is:

Ms Tracy Perry
Tel: (613) 957-7093
e-mail: tracy.perry@justice.x400.gc.ca

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