- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
- Chapter 17. Child Protection
- Section 33. Investigations and Interviews.
previous: Section 30
. Action On Reports; Termination of Parental Rights.
next: Section 35
. Duties of Department in Domestic Violence Cases.
AS 47.17.033. Investigations and Interviews.
- (a) In investigating child abuse and neglect reports under this chapter, the department may make necessary inquiries about
the criminal records of the parents or of the alleged abusive or neglectful person, including inquiries about the
existence of a criminal history record involving a serious offense as defined in AS 12.62.900
- (b) For purposes of obtaining access to information needed to conduct the inquiries required by (a) of this section, the
department is a criminal justice agency conducting a criminal justice activity.
- (c) An investigation by the department of child abuse or neglect reported under this chapter shall be conducted
by a person trained to conduct a child abuse and neglect investigation and without subjecting a child to more than one interview about
the abuse or neglect except when new information is obtained that requires further information from the child.
- (d) An interview of a child conducted as a result of a report of harm may be audiotaped or videotaped. If an
interview of a child concerns a report of sexual abuse of the child by a parent or caretaker of the child, the interview shall be
videotaped, unless videotaping the interview is not feasible or will, in the opinion of the investigating agency, result in trauma to
- (e) An interview of a child that is audiotaped or videotaped under (d) of this section shall be conducted
- (1) by a person trained and competent to conduct the interview;
- (2) if available, at a child advocacy center; and
- (3) by a person who is a party to a memorandum of understanding with the department to conduct the interview or who
is employed by an agency that is authorized to conduct investigations.
- (f) An interview of a child may not be videotaped more than one time unless the interviewer or the investigating
agency determines that one or more additional interviews are necessary to complete an investigation. If additional interviews are
necessary, the additional interviews shall be conducted, to the extent possible, by the same interviewer who conducted the initial
interview of the child.
- (g) A recorded interview of a child shall be preserved in the manner and for a period provided by law for
maintaining evidence and records of a public agency.
- (h) A recorded interview of a child is subject to disclosure under the applicable court rules for discovery in
a civil or criminal case.
- (i) The training required under (c) of this section must address the constitutional and statutory rights of
children and families that apply throughout the investigation and department intervention. The training must inform department
representatives of the applicable legal duties to protect the rights and safety of a child and the child's family.
- (j) During a joint investigation by the department and a law enforcement agency, the department shall coordinate
an investigation of child abuse or neglect with the law enforcement agency to ensure that the possibility of a criminal charge is not
- (k) Unless a law enforcement official prohibits or restricts notification under (j) of this section, at the time
of initial contact with a person alleged to have committed child abuse or neglect, the department shall notify the person of the
specific complaint or allegation made against the person, except that the identity of the complainant may not be revealed.
- (l) In this section, "child advocacy center" means a facility operated with a child-focused, community
partnership committed to a multidisciplinary team approach that includes representatives from law enforcement, child protection,
criminal prosecution, victim advocacy, and the medical and mental health fields who collaborate and assist in investigating allegations
of sexual or other abuse and neglect of children.
All content © 2008 by Touch
N' Go/Bright Solutions, Inc.
Note to HTML Version:
This version of the Alaska Statutes is current through December, 2007. The Alaska Statutes were automatically converted to HTML from a plain text format. Every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy, but this can not be guaranteed. If it is critical that the precise terms of the Alaska Statutes be known, it is recommended that more formal sources be consulted. For statutes adopted after the effective date of these statutes, see, Alaska State Legislature
If any errors are found, please e-mail Touch N' Go systems at E-mail. We
hope you find this information useful.