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Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices
(NCJ 248749) September 2015
Bulletin, 20 page(s)
C. Newlin, L. Cordisco Steele, A. Chamberlin, J. Anderson, J. Kenniston, A. Russell, H. Stewart, and V. Vaughan-Eden
This bulletin consolidates the current knowledge of professionals from several major forensic interview training programs on 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 in detail. The publication provides guidance on topics such as interview timing and setting, question type, rapport-building between the interviewer and the victim, interview aids as well as vicarious trauma and self-care.