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OJJDP Bulletin Examines Child Forensic Interviewing

October 7, 2015

ChildForensicInterviewing OJJDP has released "Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices." This bulletin highlights best practices for interviewing children in cases of alleged abuse. The authors discuss the purpose of the child forensic interview, provide historical context, review overall considerations, and outline each stage of the interview. Key considerations include:

  • No two children will relate their experiences in the same way or with the same level of detail and clarity.
  • Some children require more time to become comfortable with the process and the interviewer.
  • Encouraging children to give detailed responses early in the interview enhances their responses later on.
  • Forensic interviewers should use open-ended questions and should allow for silence or hesitation without moving to more focused prompts too quickly.

Resources:

Learn more about the National Children's Alliance.

Learn more about the National Children's Advocacy Center.

Access the OJJDP bulletin Evaluating Children's Advocacy Centers Response to Child Sexual Abuse.

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