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    Default Will a Child's Statement About Abuse Be Disclosed to the Parents

    My question involves police conduct in the State of: Arkansas

    When an officer investigates a child abuse case and dismisses it as unsubstantiated, if he interviewed the child during the investigation, is he allowed to tell the parent what the child said during the interview?

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    Default Re: A Question Regarding Confidentiality

    Could he tell the parent, sure. Will he? All you can do is ask. It may not be the best thing to do - particularly if the child said anything that might tend to implicate the parent in something.
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    Default Re: A Question Regarding Confidentiality

    So there's no rule against it?

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    Default Re: A Question Regarding Confidentiality

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    So there's no rule against it?
    The police are not generally required to release the statements of anyone. In most cases, they can choose to reveal what was said if they wish.

    Who are you in this scenario?
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    Default Re: A Question Regarding Confidentiality

    And is this related to your other thread about parental nudity?

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    Default Re: A Question Regarding Confidentiality

    "And is this related to your other thread about parental nudity?"

    Yes.

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    Default Re: Will a Child's Statement About Abuse Be Disclosed to the Parents

    "Allowed" is one thing. Lots of things may be "allowed", such that they are not prohibited, yet, will never happen - either because it's in the interest of the child's privacy, or, is considered of investigative importance should future incidents be referenced back to the interview. In the VAST majority of cases, I would not be expecting any of the law enforcement investigators, social worker, CPS personnel, or mental health professionals who interviewed the child to say squat to the parent. If there was anything within the interview that warranted intervention, then intervention would have occurred. If there wasn't and no intervention or criminal charge emerged, disclosing things in investigative "gray areas" could compromise future invesgations so again, not likely for information or specifics to be shared.

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    Default Re: Will a Child's Statement About Abuse Be Disclosed to the Parents

    And there is one very important question that you simply are not answering:

    How. Old. Is. The. Child.

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