At Safe Child Center, children may participate in an interview with a specially trained forensic interviewer to gather information about their experiences.
The interview, conducted in a child-friendly, non-leading environment, is carefully done with respect to the individual child’s developmental abilities and needs. Interviews are recorded via audio and video, and investigators are typically present to observe and collaborate with our staff.
Children may receive medical evaluations by experienced, specially trained nurse practitioners who are child-focused, gentle and sensitive.
Medical evaluations are conducted to assess the child’s overall well-being with an emphasis on signs and symptoms of abuse, including injury, infection and recoverable evidence. In addition, colposcopy is used for examination and documentation.
Family Advocacy Services
Children and families receive information, resources and support from specially trained Family Advocates who focus on assisting families deal with the impact of child abuse.
Advocacy services include information; referral and connection; crisis counseling; personal advocacy; assistance with filing victim compensation claims and support with criminal justice proceedings.
Behavioral Health Services
At Safe Child Center, maltreated children may participate in behavioral health sessions with specially trained trauma focused therapists.
Behavioral health services are designed to increase coping skills; mitigate the impact of trauma; and restore overall health and balance for children and their families.
Safe Child Center accepts referrals for victims of suspected child abuse and for child witnesses to violence or crimes from law enforcement, child protection, area prosecutors and the judicial system.
As the only child advocacy center in Coconino County, Safe Child Center is part of the Coconino County InterAgency Council on Child Abuse. The center works with law enforcement, the County Attorney’s office, Department of Child Safety, the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the County Health Department, the Arizona Governor’s Children’s Justice Task Force, and various other educational, health and social service providers.
We’re an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, a nationwide network of child advocacy centers; and a member of the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network.
In partnership with ChildHelpUSA, we provide services to children in rural Arizona through a Mobile Children’s Advocacy Center.
While at Safe Child Center you have a right to receive care in a safe and secure environment and to be free from all forms of discrimination, abuse or harassment from staff, other patients or visitors. If you feel you have been discriminated and wish to file a complaint of discrimination, you may file a complaint in the following ways:
Office for Civil Rights
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
In order to file with the federal Office for Civil Rights, two forms must be downloaded from the internet and submitted in writing to OCR. The forms can be found at: www.ojp.gov/about/ocr/complaint.htm.
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Civil Rights Coordinator
PO Box 6638-MD 1320
Office of the Arizona Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
1275 W Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007