ChildFirst® Forensic Interviewing Protocol
The ChildFirst® forensic interviewing protocol brings the field into the classroom, enhancing the education of front-line child abuse professionals. This course is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys and forensic interviewers. Students receive training on the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol, child development, memory and suggestibility, testifying in court, legal issues and preparing children for court. This training incorporates lecture and discussion, review of electronically recorded interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum.
ChildFirst®: The Course
ChildFirst® is a unique approach to forensic interviewing for several reasons:
- ChildFirst® was designed by and for the front-line child abuse professional.
- Courses teach students to apply the latest research to real-world situations.
- Students watch numerous videotaped child sexual abuse interviews as a means of bringing the course material to life.
- The program requires students to demonstrate their interviewing skills.
- ChildFirst® models the multidisciplinary approach.
- The program encourages ongoing critiques of students' interviewing skills in order to improve their technique.
- The ChildFirst® forensic interview course has been approved by the National Children’s Alliance to meet accreditation standards.