IV. D-3. Audio Taping Parental Interviews
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Taping interviews with parents follows the same spirit of taping interviews with children. (See IV.D-2A. and IV.D-2B.) The taping of parental interviews is voluntary and parents may stop the recording process at any point during the interview. Many parents have favorably indicated that a taped recording of their interview ensures an accurate account of the interview. This practice is at the discretion of the supervisor.
The caseworker will engage the parent being interviewed. Once a rapport has been established, the caseworker will explain the benefits of taping the interview. It is explained that taping is voluntary and that the recorder can be turned off anytime during the interview. At this point, the caseworker uses the same protocol set forth in Child and Family Services Manual on Audio Taping Planned Child Interviews (IV. D-2.A.). The recorder is turned on and the caseworker states that this is a voluntary recording and that the parents have been informed that the recording can be turned off at anytime.